Rocket Lab selected by Ball Aerospace to power NASA’s GLIDE spacecraft

Rocket Lab selected by Ball Aerospace to power NASA’s GLIDE spacecraft

Press release from: Rocket Lab
Posted: Thursday June 9th 2022

Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or the “Company”), a leading launch and space systems company, has been selected by Ball Aerospace to manufacture the solar panel array (SAP) for to power NASA’s Global Lyman-Alpha Imager of the Dynamic Exosphere (GLIDE) mission spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2025. GLIDE is a heliophysics mission to study the variability of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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 has become the go-to supplier of space-based solar power products and space systems across the space industry, including for ambitious heliophysical missions like GLIDE,” said Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab. “I’m grateful to our partners at Ball Aerospace for choosing Rocket Lab and I’m 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.

+ About Rocket Lab

Founded in 2006, Rocket Lab is an end-to-end space company with an established track record of mission success. We provide reliable launch services, satellite manufacturing, spacecraft components and in-orbit management solutions that make getting into space faster, easier and more affordable. Based in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the small Electron orbital launch vehicle and Photon satellite platform and develops the 8-ton Neutron payload-class launch vehicle. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle has become the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket each year and has delivered 146 satellites into orbit for private and public sector organizations, enabling operations in the fields of national security, scientific research and space debris mitigation. , Earth observation, climate monitoring and communications. Rocket Lab’s Photon spacecraft platform has been selected to support NASA missions to the Moon and Mars, as well as the first private commercial mission to Venus. Rocket Lab has three launch pads at two launch sites, including two launch pads at a private orbital launch site in New Zealand and a second launch site in Virginia, USA, which is expected to become operational in 2022. To learn more, visit www.


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