Solestial's 20-Kilowatt Solar Blanket to Power Atomos's Orbital Transfer Vehicles

Solestial's 20-Kilowatt Solar Blanket to Power Atomos's Orbital Transfer Vehicles

Solestial, the solar energy company for space, and in-space logistics provider Atomos Space announced a multi-mission sales agreement for a minimum of 20 kilowatts of Solestial's ultrathin, low-mass, radiation-hardened solar blankets. Solestial's photovoltaic system will be demonstrated on Atomos's first mission, scheduled for February 2024, and then will provide primary power for Atomos's solar-electric orbital transfer vehicles on two subsequent commercial missions, beginning in late 2024.

Both companies are 2019 Techstars accelerator alumni and will be demonstrating the large-scale viability of their technology in operational missions beginning in 2024. The partnership will allow both Solestial and Atomos to further their goals through close collaboration over the coming years.

Atomos is developing high-power OTVs to provide a range of in-space transportation services to satellite operators. The use of high-power electric propulsion, enabled by Solestial's technology, allows Atomos to perform challenging missions with unprecedented speed. After the initial demonstration, the following blanket shipsets from Solestial will power two OTVs providing deployment services to constellation operators in low Earth orbit and relocation services to operators in other orbits, respectively.

The agreement with Atomos signals the beginning of a new phase for Solestial, as the company begins to scale commercial commitments and delivery in parallel with completing technical testing. In May, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission independently validated the ability of Solestial's ultrathin silicon solar cells to effectively anneal radiation damage under sunlight at 90°C. Solestial solar blankets are proving to be an affordable, scalable alternative to traditional space photovoltaics, ready for design-in to missions being planned today.

"Solestial is an important partner for us," said Vanessa Clark, Atomos Co-Founder and CEO. "It was clear that traditional space solar was too expensive and too supply-constrained to support our high-power OTV design. We were attracted to Solestial's solution as they provided the best combination of solar array-specific mass performance, radiation hardness, and affordability available on the market today." 

"We are inspired by Atomos's mission and humbled by their confidence in us," said Stan Herasimenka, Solestial Co-Founder and CEO. "It's an exciting time in the space industry and we're excited to be in a position to power groundbreaking, innovative missions like these." 

Click here to learn more about Solestial's Solar Panels.

Click here to learn about Atomos Space's Capabilities.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013