After successful final testing of the Solar Array Deployment Mechanisms (SADM), SpaceTech delivered the solar array for the first JASON-CS satellite to Airbus on April 18th, 2019.
JASON-CS SADM test
JASON-CS solar array on the road to success
SpaceTech developed the JASON-CS solar array that consists of four solar panels, two are body mounted and two are deployable. STI got under contract with Airbus in 2016 and was able to design, produce, test and deliver within 36 months.
Being an international partnership between the U.S. and Europe, Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS) mission on the Sentinel-6 spacecraft will deliver valuable information about sea level change to all nations.
The mission is designed to ensure continuous observation of the earth sea level for a minimum of 10 years.
Global sea level rise is one of the most important impacts of human-caused climate change. The first JASON-CS satellite will be launched in 2020, followed by a second one in 2025. The data generated by the two satellites will be used to improve forecasts of weather conditions two to four weeks ahead. This system will be able to forecast hurricane intensity and other irregularly occurring weather conditions like El Niño even for the next season.
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