AZUR SPACE Selected By Sierra Nevada Corporation To Build Dream Chaser Spacecraft Solar Panels

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser Cargo variant. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

December 12, 2017 – AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH, a leading provider of high-efficiency solar cells, assemblies and panels for both space and terrestrial power applications, announced today that it was chosen from a competitive procurement to provide solar panels for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) first Dream Chaser spacecraft.

The 3G30C-Advanced solar cells will be manufactured at AZUR SPACE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Heilbronn, Germany. For AZUR SPACE, the Space Equipment business of Airbus Defence and Space will produce the completed solar panels in Ottobrunn, Germany, using decades of product heritage, engineering expertise and manufacturing experience.

AZUR SPACE has been supplying the space community for over 50 years and specifically with high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cells for the last 15 years.

“Our entrance in the USA multi-junction solar panel market two-plus years ago has been very well-received by the space power community, as demonstrated by SNC’s selection of the AZUR SPACE team to supply high-efficiency solar panels for the Dream Chaser program,” said Juergen Heizmann, managing director at AZUR SPACE. “This is a significant step forward for the AZUR SPACE team in demonstrating performance, heritage and best value. We are truly excited to work with SNC to make the Dream Chaser program a major success.”

Heizmann added, “Our 100 percent mission success, extensive in-orbit heritage working with Airbus combined with our cell manufacturing expertise, next-generation technology commitment and unparalleled reliability will continue to make AZUR SPACE the leading choice for power solutions in the worldwide satellite industry.”

“We are very pleased with the selection of the AZUR SPACE team,” said Paul Streit, senior vice president at SNC’s Space Systems business area. “The AZUR SPACE team has demonstrated excellent execution on other programs over the last couple of years. We are delighted to continue working with AZUR SPACE.”

SNC recently completed a successful atmospheric Free-Flight test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft. The first orbital vehicle is scheduled to go to the International Space Station as early as 2020 for at least six missions as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract (CRS2). The missions will supply astronauts with much needed supplies and technical support elements and enable the gentle return of scientific experiments. The test vehicle was originally developed under the Commercial Crew Integrated Capabilities agreement (CCiCap).

SNC’s Space Systems business area is based in Louisville, Colorado.