Ball Aerospace selects Rocket Lab to power NASA’s GLIDE spacecraft

GLIDE is a heliophysical mission designed to study the variability of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Ball Aerospace has chosen Rocket Lab to fabricate the Solar Array (SAP) panel to power NASA’s Global Lyman-Alpha Imager of Dynamic Exosphere (GLIDE) mission spacecraft slated for launch in 2025.

The SAP will use SolAero by Rocket Lab’s high-efficiency, radiation-hardened quadruple-junction Z4J solar cells, laid on carbon composite cladding panels manufactured at the company’s facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The GLIDE spacecraft will launch with another Rocket Lab-powered spacecraft, also built by Ball Aerospace, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1). SWFO-L1 is a heliophysical mission that will collect solar wind data and coronal imagery to support NOAA’s operational requirements for monitoring and forecasting solar storm activity.

Rocket Lab Founder and CEO Peter Beck said, “Rocket Lab has become the go-to supplier of space solar power products and space systems across the space industry, including for ambitious heliophysical missions like GLIDE. I am grateful to our partners at Ball Aerospace for choosing Rocket Lab and excited to work with them to support NASA’s heliophysics missions to deliver advanced science.

Rocket Lab has powered several spacecraft as part of NASA’s Heliophysics Division missions, including the Parker Solar Probe, the first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun launched in 2018, and the Multi-Scale Magnetospheric Mission (MMS ), a robotic space mission. to study the Earth’s magnetosphere launched in 2015.

GLIDE is a heliophysical mission designed to study the variability of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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