USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Affordable Reliable Modular Solar Panels

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Affordable Reliable Modular Solar Panels
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0169
Award Amount: $999,999.00


Solar panels need reliability improvements while reaching for higher performance. This SBIR develops a Modular Solar Panel that uses an integral transparent cover/shield and stress control substrate, together with process-controlled production lamination techniques, to achieve an integrated engineering and manufacturing approach to solar panels. The MSP panels comprise Modules chosen from a set of qualified designs, using a plug-and-play removable attachment means to assemble modules into a panel. The Phase II program begins with a requirements definition phase that will direct the development towards MDA spacecraft while assuring modular applicability for a wide variety of mission. The MSP module and panel will be engineered through design, analyses, critical component material characterization, fabrication and test. Demonstration article will be built and tested that include designs for rigid Laminated Module with high efficiency crystalline solar cells, and a Flexible Metamorphic module that includes advanced thin metamorphic cells. Coupons, module and panel testing will cover a variety of simulated space environments to assure that the module design will have the end-of-life resistance to degradation expected of state-of-the-art spacecraft photovoltaics. Completion of Phase II effort will see the MSP technology ready for technology insertion into its first MDA application.

Principal Investigator:

Theodore G. Stern
Business Manager, Space P

Business Contact:

Steven Sherman
V.P. Business Administra
Small Business Information at Submission:

7740 Kenamar Court San Diego, CA 92121

EIN/Tax ID: 330601418
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No