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DHV Technology to Bring Spire’s Solar Panels to the Space Industry

By | March 22, 2018
Spire's double deployable solar panels. Photo: Spire Global.

Spire’s double deployable solar panels. Photo: Spire Global.

Spire and DHV Technology have announced a joint partnership to offer Spire’s solar panels to the space industry. DHV Technology will now build and sell Spire’s double deployable panels to developers looking to improve satellite reliability and performance and boost overall mission success.

According to Spire, its double deployable panels produce three times more power than a body-only panel design and feature single-fault-tolerant redundancy when it comes to panel deployment. The panels, which Spire already uses for its constellation of 58 satellites, will be available for 3U Cubesats or satellites with larger busses.

“Panel failure is one of the single biggest causes of mission failure, which is why Spire’s double deployable solar panel design is built specifically with performance and redundancy in mind,” said Joel Spark, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Spire. “Panel deployment is also critical to reducing orbital lifetime. We’re committed to shrinking the cost, barriers, and difficulty for collecting data about the Earth, from space, and in DHV Technology, we have a partner that shares our vision for better equipping the wider space industry to achieve this aim.”