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Lockheed Martin develops flexible solar array for next-generation satellite bus

08 October 2017

Lockheed Martin has developed a new flexible solar array that delivers 50% more power than legacy arrays at 30% less mass, according to a company statement.

Lockheed Martin recently completed the first flight build of its new Multi-Mission Modular Solar Array, which advances the company’s heritage flying flexible arrays on programmes such as the International Space Station (ISS) and the US Air Force (USAF) legacy Milstar communications satellite constellation. The new arrays will be used on the company’s next-generation LM2100 satellite bus.

The new solar array incorporates three key features in the satellite design: higher power, less mass, and compact stowage.

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