Rocket Lab will supply solar cells for three missile warning satellites Lockheed Martin built for US Space Force. Rocket Lab announced on July 27 that it will provide Coverglass Interconnected solar Cell (CIC) assemblies to power the Next Gen OPIR GEO (NGG) satellites.
The technology was developed by SolAero, which was acquired by Rocket Lab in January. SolAero previously supported the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program, in which the Next-Gen OPIR succeeded.
The NGG program will provide a robust global missile warning capability to counter emerging missile and counter-space threats. Lockheed Martin’s spacecraft has just passed critical design reviewand the first of three satellites is scheduled to launch in 2025. Rocket Lab’s CICs will be included in the satellites’ solar panels and arrays.
“We are excited to continue our long-term partnership with Lockheed Martin by powering the Next Gen OPIR GEO satellites,” said Brad Clevenger, vice president of Rocket Lab and general manager of Space Systems Power Solutions. “These satellites are critical to the mission needs of the United States Space Force and our national security, and we are proud to support their production on an aggressive schedule.”