R&D 100 Award!
The 50th Annual R&D 100 Awards were presented on November 1, 2012, and our NASA Glenn-Entech Solar team won an award for the development of a unique photovoltaic concentrator module known as SolarVolt®. This module is based on NASA-derived technology from our space power system known as the Stretched Lens Array.
The R&D 100 Awards, widely recognized as the "Oscars of Innovation," identify and celebrate the top high technology products of the year. Read all about it at R&D Magazine's online web pages referenced below.
Exceptional Space Act Award!
Our same NASA Glenn-Entech Solar team also just won a NASA 2012 Exceptional Space Act Award for developing the "600 Volt Stretched Lens Array for Solar Electric Propulsion." This prestigious NASA award included a significant cash payment to our key team members!
The Stretched Lens Array (SLA) offers huge cost savings for large, high-power solar arrays to power solar electric propulsion (SEP) thrusters. For example, a 300 kW SEP space tug to carry exploration equipment to a lunar orbit exploration gateway would be about $100,000,000 cheaper with SLA than with a conventional high-efficiency solar array. Here's the initial NASA Glenn announcement (more links to come later):