Roccor contracts with PlanetiQ for new solar array
(5 March 2019 - Roccor) Roccor, a disruptive military and aerospace component supplier in the rapidly growing small satellite market, is proud to announce its new customer, PlanetiQ.
Roccor and PlanetiQ signed a contract for multiple deployable solar arrays late last year. PlanetiQ’s spacecraft constellation gathers near real-time, high-quality weather, climate, and space weather data.
The contract is for the provision of 130W solar arrays for their spacecraft in a constellation that will provide a new class of weather data forecasting information.
This is Roccor’s second flight contract for solar arrays in the last six months. In the third quarter of 2018, Roccor received an award for a system that will provide more than 2kW for an ESPA class spacecraft for an unnamed U.S. government customer.
Roccor is rapidly emerging as a low-cost alternative for highly volumetrically efficient solar array systems, particularly in the small satellite class where a new generation of payloads and electric propulsion systems are driving challenging power demands.
“It is fantastic to be working with PlanetiQ to improve weather forecasting that will improve the lives of so many across the world,” said Chris Pearson, Roccor’s CEO. “Innovative approaches to power generation, storage, and management will be key to small satellite exploitation and we are proud to be a part of that.”
Chris McCormick, chairman of PlanetiQ, added that, “We are very pleased to add Roccor to our spacecraft component supplier base, as they bring talents and components we lacked, and their space-based expertise on deployable structures and solar arrays have helped us immensely.”
Roccor was founded in 2012 and is based in Longmont, Colorado. It is a fast-growing, vibrant, high technology supplier into the aerospace and terrestrial military markets. Roccor’s novel designs address cost and performance limitations to revolutionize spaceflight and military operations. The company has contracts with NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial space companies all around the world and already has several deployable systems on orbit as of late 2018 and with numerous additional systems delivered and planned for launch in early- to mid-2019.
Founded by space mission experts and located in Golden, Colorado, PlanetiQ was formed to build, launch, and operate an operational constellation of the highest quality GNSS-RO weather satellites. PlanetiQ’s data and services are valuable to a diverse range of commercial and government customers worldwide in areas including weather forecasting, aviation, shipping, wind and solar energy, defense, intelligence, agriculture, commodities, and insurance markets.