Redwire selected as solar array supplier for PlanetiQ constellation spacecraft
(9 March 2021 - Redwire) Redwire has been selected by PlanetiQ, a commercial weather satellite constellation operator, to supply solar arrays for their HD GPS-RO weather satellites.
The contract will include delivery of a 130-watt solar array for PlanetiQ’s spacecraft. The agreement marks PlanetiQ’s third flight contract for Redwire’s solar arrays. Previously, Redwire’s subsidiary Roccor delivered two sets of solar arrays to PlanetiQ, dating back to 2018.
“We are proud to partner with PlanetiQ as a trusted solar array provider to enable their important mission to improve weather forecasting and climate monitoring,” said Al Tadros, Chief Growth Officer and Executive Vice President of Space Infrastructure for Redwire. “Our cost-effective solar array solutions are enabling greater power generation for small satellites that is driving new innovation.”
“We are very pleased to continue to work with Redwire as one of our primary spacecraft component supplier base,” said Chris McCormick, Chairman of PlanetiQ. “Their space-based expertise on deployable structures and solar arrays has been invaluable to our mission.”
In June 2021, PlanetiQ launches their next GNSS Navigation and Occultation Measurement Satellite (GNOMES) on the Transporter 2 launch out of Cape Canaveral. The satellite is designed to provide radio occultation data to improve weather forecasting and climate research and to help monitor space weather. The company is building additional satellites to launch in the next two years as it builds out a full constellation of 20 low Earth orbit satellites that will gather near real-time, high-quality weather, climate and space weather data.
Redwire is a new leader in mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy. With decades of flight heritage combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to assist its customers in solving the complex challenges of future space missions.
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.