Sparkwing solar arrays
The plug and play solution to power your small satellite.
Sparkwing is the world’s first commercially available off-the-shelf solar array for small satellites. It is optimized for LEO missions requiring power levels between 100W and 2000W, and bus voltages of 36V or 50V. We offer more than thirty different panel dimensions, which can be configured into deployable wings with one, two or three panels per wing.
3 Easy Steps
- 1 Configure and order
- 2 Track and Trace Manufacturing and Delivery
- 3 Integrate and launch
Our Product and Technology
The wing components
One, two or three panels, a central hold-down, single hinge per hingeline and high performance PVA.Read more
The single hold-down and smart root hinge tolerances allow for easy integration: can be done entirely by you.Read more
The Photo-Voltaic Assembly
Strings consisting of 19 or 26 cells in series (optimized for 36V or 50V at bus (EOL)). Custom layout on request.Read more
CAD models available
3D CAD models for evaluation available (STEP files). Please download below or contact us for your specific configuration.Read more
The Hold-down system
Our own hold-down & release system ensures low-stack height, with commercial off-the-shelf actuator.Read more
What do you get?
- A reliable solution that is built on decades of expertise and experience.
- Assured quality for an attractive price with a short lead time.
- A ready to launch product that is as easily ordered as integrated onto your spacecraft.
Sparkwing is the outcome of a challenge we took on to create a off-the-shelf solar array solution for small satellites: to bring most value for money, offer short lead times and provide easy integration. By teaming up with DHV technology for their PVA expertise and Airborne Aerospace as substrate manufacturer, we have realized a product that fulfills small satellite power needs.
Sparkwing is a product of Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands (Airbus DS NL). Our product has its foundation built on 40 years’ worth of experience providing satellites with power. Since 1979, more than 85 space missions have flown or are flying with Airbus DS NL’s solar arrays, all of which successfully deployed in space and perform as expected.
Our team: we have a 20 member team working on giving you a reliable solution, and ensuring your order to orbit process is easy and efficient.
We are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Get in touch with us!
Have questions? Want to know more? Get in touch with us!
Marloes van Put
Program Manager Sparkwing
Matthijs van der Kooij
Business Development Manager