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In order to fully answer operators’ needs and requirements, for increased power and lower cost missions, this hybrid solar array concept combines a conventional in line deployable solar array as a backbone with lightweight lateral semi-rigid panels. In stowed configuration the lateral panels are folded to the back of the in-line deploying panels and are clamped between the rigid backbone panels.
The qualification test campaign of the new hybrid solar array will end in December 2020. The performance of this new hybrid solar array will be demonstrated in-orbit with the first Eurostar Neo satellite scheduled for launch in 2021. The solar generator wings are being assembled in Airbus facilities in Ottobrunn, and are to be delivered to Airbus Toulouse before end of 2020.
Eurostar Neo is developed under ESA’s Neosat Partnership Projects. The projects include development and in-orbit validation of the new platform product lines for both Prime contractors, Eurostar Neo for Airbus and Spacebus Neo for Thales Alenia Space.