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 twenty different panel dimensions, which can be configured into deployable wings with one, two or three panels per wing.
One, two or three panels, a central hold-down, single hinge per hingeline and high performance PVA.
DIY installation on the spacecraft! The single hold-down and smart root hinge tolerances allow for easy integration by our customers. Support from the Sparkwing team is not required (but we’re here to help if needed!).
Strings consisting of 19 or 26 cells in series (optimized for 36V or 50V at bus (EOL)). Custom layout on request.
Example 3D CAD models for evaluation available (STEP files). Please download below or contact us for your specific configuration.
In-house developed Hold-down and hinge mechanisms ensuring low stack height and high deployed stiffness.
Sparkwing has completed a rigorous test program that qualifies all catalogue panel configurations for up to and including 3 panels per wing.
Specific attention has been given to providing concise and easy to read customer documentation and manuals.
Sparkwing is our off-the-shelf solar array answer for the small satellite market. Sparkwing offers a high value for money, short lead time, easy to integrate solar array from an experienced team and a reliable supply chain.
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.
Sparkwing was developed by a core team of Airbus DS NL engineers shown in this picture. Currently a small dedicated team is responsible for running Sparkwing and keeping it future proof!
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