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March 25, 2014

EMCORE to Develop, Design, and Manufacture Solar Panels for NASA

A company based in Albuquerque will be designing and manufacturing solar panels for NASA. EMCORE (News - Alert) will be making the solar panels for use in NASA’s new Cyclone Global Navigation System. A system designed to improve hurricane forecasting and other extreme weather events. EMCORE Corporation (EMKR) is a provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optics and space solar power markets. Earlier this year, Emcore had to lay off about two dozen people and forced others to take a furlough.

The CYGNSS mission will be managed by Southwest Research Institute (News - Alert) (SwRI) and is planned for launch, October 2016.Thecompany will populate solar panels with its most advanced ZTJ triple-junction solar cells.

Dr. Brad Clevenger, Executive Vice President and General Manager of EMCORE's Photovoltaics Division said, "EMCORE previously delivered solar panels to SNC for the ORBCOMM (News - Alert) Generation 2 (OG2) satellites in 2010. We are very pleased to receive this award and are appreciative of SNC's continued confidence in our ability to deliver the highest reliability solar panels for their missions.”

EMCORE is a manufacturer of highly-efficient radiation-hard solar cells for space power applications. EMCORE's industry-leading multi-junction solar cell provides the highest levels of performance to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites.

Since 2001, EMCORE solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to over 130 successful space missions with zero on-orbit failures. It provides the highest levels of performance to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites.

Speaking about the deal, Matt Johnson, director of programs for SNC's Space Systems, said in a statement, "EMCORE is a valued and strategic partner supporting a critical element of SNC's growing, complete and integrated satellite Electrical Power System (EPS) offering, look forward to working with EMCORE as we continue to expand the EPS market with higher value, lower cost and turn-key system solutions."

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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