Highest efficiency space
solar cells and CICs
In 2022, Rocket Lab acquired leading satellite solar power producer SolAero Technologies. Today, we create world-class innovative solutions that are powering the space industry.
orbit powered by
Rocket Lab solar products
launch in the next few years
with Rocket Lab hardware
Space Solar Products
We are the world’s only vertically integrated supplier of Solar Array Panels (SAP).
We also supply the panel substrates on which the fully integrated PVA solar panels are built.
Space Solar Cells / CICs
Our latest generation solar cells and CICs are the highest efficiency commercially available products in the industry.
- Highest efficiency space solar cells and CICs – up to 33.3%
- Cell areas of up to 81-cm2 (custom sizes can be provided) › Space-qualified cell technologies: ZTJ, ZTJ+, ZTJ-Ω, Z4J, IMM4J & IMM-α
- Upcoming higher efficiency cell technologies: Z4J+ & IMM-β
- More than 4MW of power delivered for flight missions
Space Solar Panels
We offer rigid and flexible solar panels that are fully tested and wired for integration into solar array assemblies.
- Rigid Space Solar Panels
- Solar Panel Substrates
- Solar Power Module (SPM)
- Flexible Panels
Space 2.0 Solutions
We offer SmallSat and CubeSat solutions for Space 2.0 missions.
CubeSats & SmallSats
We provide SmallSat & CubeSat developers access to a range of high performance solar panel sizes and power options that are integrated with our highest efficiency, commercially available multi-junction space solar cells. SolAero offers light-weight, high stiffness and zero CTE graphite laminate panels for CubeSats, while offering affordable “standard” AI Honeycomb CFRP facesheet substrates for SmallSats.
We have a dedicated Space 2.0 panel substrate and automated PVA line for high-throughput and low cost production for satellite constellations. This redesigned PVA line provides a more robust process that includes composite layup, assembly and machining and PVA laydown.