The first German satellite "Azur" was sent into space exactly 50 years ago. We took this anniversary as an opportunity to celebrate together with our employees, guests and Mr Ernst Messerschmid, one of the few German astronauts till date.
The foundation "Große Hilfe für kleine Helden" was also included, because exactly 1969 euros, analogues to the year of birth of the satellite, was accepted by foundation managing director Angelika Wolf as a donation.
"Thank you very much for your renewed support," said Angelika Wolf, "Loyal donors like you and your employees allow us to raise the financial resources annually to continue our 19 projects and therapies for the children."
"We see the urgent need of charitable work and are always happy to support" explained Jürgen Heizmann at the donation handover ceremony.
pic.: Samira Dinkel, Jürgen Heizmann, Angelika Wolf
This year´s World Solar Challenge in Australia is over, and we are proud to have sponsored this years´winning team:
the Agoria Solar Team from Belgium - Congratulations!!
For another team the end of the race was not as successful as expected: Vattenfall Solar team had the lead by just a couple of minutes. After travelling 2761 kilometers from Darwin, as they charged towards Adelaide on their final leg, their car NunaX caught fire. The driver was able to quickly park the car on the side road and get out safely, before the car burnt to the ground. The cause of the fire is still unkown, but all participants are safe, and emergency services soon arrived to address the fire.
There was nothing but support across the field as the day continued. Tokai University Solar Car Team arrived second across the Finish Line. Following them was University of Michigan Solar Car Team coming third across the Finish Line.
Space Tech Expo Bremen brings together professionals in the space industry in Europe and beyond to discuss current trends, developments and challenges in the market, as well as innovative and ground-breaking technologies.
In its third year, Space Tech Expo Europe is the continent´s major dedicated supply-chain and engineering event for manufacturing, desgin, test and engineering services for spacecraft, subsystems and space-qualified components. The exhibition and conference draw attendance from thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, specifiers and buyers to meet manufacturers across the supply chain for civil, military and commercial space.
High-level industry experts will share their insights on the most important developments and challenges facing space engineers and manufacturers today at this year´s conferences. Confirmed speakers include ESA, DLR and Airbus, with more announced weekly.
Meet us on Space Tech Expo on stand 4037 from 19th to 21st of November in Bremen!
Airbus Defence and Space has completed the first step in the construction of the inner structure of the European Space Agency´s (ESA) satellite. This is the start of the satellite´s Earthly journey through different Airbus sites in Europe (Lampoldshausen, Friedrichshafen and Toulouse) towards final integration. Airbus is building the JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) spacecraft for ESA, which will investigate the potential for Jupiter´s icy moons Europa, Callisto and Ganymede to harbor habitable environments such as subsurface oceans.
JUICE will also carry out observations of Jupiter, its atmosphere, magnetosphere, other satellites and rings. As prime contractor, Airbus is leading a consortium of more than 60 companies across Europe on the project. Jupiter´s distance from the sun will make it challenging to generate energy. For this reason the spacecraft is equipped with solar arrays with a total surface of 85m².
We are proud to be the chosen company, delivering the solar cells for the largest ever built solar array for an interplanetary spacecraft.
After succesfully runned lifetime and performance tests (17 tests in total) we received the official TÜV-certificate for our C3PV module.
IEC 62108 is the corresponding TÜV-norm, according to which the tests were realized.
With this certificate it is possible for us and our partners, to connect our CPV systems to the official power supply system.
We are proud to be the official cup sponsor of the U17 soccer league 2019.
The match takes place on the 20th and 21st of July in Öhringen.
Famous teams like VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München or FC Arsenal are willing to win the cup in the Otto-Meister-Stadion. Entrance is free.
With the newest development of GaAs-based multi junction solar cells, the 4G32-Advanced, AZUR SPACE provides higher efficiency levels, both beginning-of-life (BOL) and end-of-life (EOL).
These improvements result in products providing best value solutions for the full range of missions: GEO, MEO, LEO, Deep Space and scientific missions.
Since the 1960´s, AZUR SPACE has nearly tripled BOL cell performances, while EOL power has more than tripled during that same period. Improved materials and design have enabled mass reductions per watt of power of nearly 75%.
The design know-how enables an EOL efficiency of 28,8%!
Schematic structure of the Quad solar cell, 4G32-Advanced, made by AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH
The continuous improvement of solar cell efficiencies is especially important at the end of the life of a solar cell and improving this is key for maintaining European competitiveness and independence, not least because solar cells that are more efficient in terms of power are also more efficient in terms of cost. A TDE contract between AZUR SPACE, Fraunhofer ISE, Qioptiq, Umicore, tf2 devices and Tampere University of Technology has developed solar cell concepts with the potential to reach end of life efficiencies above 30%. (source: ESA; www.esa.int)
AZUR SPACE will be present on the 37th annual Space Power Workshop. The Workshop provides an informal, unclassified, internal forum for the exchange of ideas and information on space power. Space Power Workshop sessions include Program Experience, Power Systems Architecture, Power Management and Distribution (PMAD), Energy Generation, Energy Storage, and Advanced Concepts. The workshop will be held April 1-4, 2019 in California, USA.
AZUR SPACE will be present on the ESPC 2019, the 12th European Space Power Conference. The upcoming ESPC will be very special - it will be held in Juan-les-Pins, France, from 31 September to 04 October 2019, marking the 30th anniversary of the ESPC, since 1989.
AZUR SPACE will be present on the CPV-15, the premier technical conference in the areas of high- and low- concentration PV components, modules and tracker-based PV systems.
The conference will take place from March 25-27, 2019 in Fès, Marocco.
GomSpace display models of GOMX4A and GOMX4B - a twin in-orbit demonstration mission launched in 2018 and still operational.
- Solar cells provided by AZUR SPACE.
Satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL) added European solar cell company
AZUR SPACE to its supplier base, signing a three-year supply contract.