Jacksonville Company Delivers International Space Station’s Solar Panels

Jacksonville-based space company Redwire has delivered its first pair of roll-out solar arrays (iROSA) for the international space station to federal company Boeing.

The solar power systems are to be launched on SpaceX’s 22nd commercial replenishment mission to the space station.

Redwire is commissioned by Boeing to supply the solar systems.

With improved solar cells from Boeing’s Spectrolab, each of the solar systems delivers more than 20 kilowatts of power. Together, the six new arrays will produce more than 120 kilowatts and improve the overall power generation capacity of the ISS by 20% to 30%.

“Activating iROSA technology will provide a critical performance boost to support critical work at the station, from exploration technology demonstrations to commercial activities,” said Andrew Rush, President and COO of Redwire, in a press release Thursday.

The roll-out solar systems were developed by the Redwire subsidiary Deployable Space Systems.

Redwire announced in February that it had acquired DDS. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

DSS was Redwire’s seventh acquisition. Headquartered on the Philips Highway, Redwire has assembled a portfolio of space infrastructure companies including Adcole Space, Made In Space, Roccor, LoadPath and Oakman Aerospace.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

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