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Lockheed Martin Completes First Flexible Solar Array for LM 2100 Satellite

New Technology Delivers 50 Percent More Power and is 30 Percent Lighter than Previous Arrays
October 2017
 

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The first Multi-mission Modular Solar Array unfurls at Lockheed Martin’s site in Sunnyvale, California. The reconfigurable design delivers 50 percent more power despite being 30 percent lighter.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 3, 2017: After years of development, Lockheed Martin completed the first flight build of its new Multi-mission Modular (MM) Solar Array. This new flexible array advances Lockheed Martin’s significant heritage flying flexible arrays on such programs as the International Space Station and a constellation for the US Air Force.

The new design is a major component of Lockheed Martin’s multi-year modernization of its LM 2100 satellite bus, which is part of its newly-enhanced family of buses.

The MM Array incorporates three key features in the satellite design: higher power, less mass and compact stowage, and all of this enables satellite designers to better meet customers’ growing power needs. This compact flexible array design delivers 50 percent more power than previous rigid array designs at 30 percent less mass.

“The new arrays can generate 20 kilowatts of energy in orbit, enough to power an entire home. These new arrays deliver enough energy for even the most advanced communications or remote sensing payloads,” said Wahid Azizpor, manufacturing director at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Built on an innovative flexible material, these arrays are rugged and reliable at a fraction of the weight and stowed size, which lets customers pack more payload capability into the satellite.”

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