Tecstar’s Solar Cells Take Off to Mars

Tecstar Inc. has reported that their TEC 3i solar cell have been selected
to power NASA JPL’s Martian Exploration spacecraft and robotic rover vehicle.
Based upon our successful heritage of participating with JPL in the powering
of their very successful Mars Pathfinder mission, Tecstar is honored to again
be selected to power this very exciting program
,” reported Patrick Park,
Tecstar vice president for Photovoltaic Marketing & Sales. Mr. Park went on
to report that Tecstar, along with the rest of the world, were all glued to
our TV sets to watch the amazing photographs return from the Mars Pathfinder.
We all expect to be equally impressed with the Mars Exploration Rover
(MER) when it begins its mission to advance man’s knowledge of Mars
.” The MER
mission is to carry an array of advanced sensors and instruments including cameras
and multiple spectrometers to determine if there is evidence of liquid water
in Mars history. The Mars Exploration Rover is the latest in a series
of Mars missions that will some day enable a manned visit to Mars. MER will
carry an array of advanced sensors and instruments including cameras and multiple
spectrometers to determine if there is evidence of liquid water in Mars history.
The rovers are much larger than the “Sojourner” rover employed in the Mars Pathfinder
Mission. Tecstar, together with JPL scientists and engineers, will design, build
and test a family of solar panels necessary to power the spacecraft during its
voyage to Mars and then to power the Exploration Rover up to 100 kilometers
per Martian day. MER is JPL’s most ambitious autonomously powered rover design
to date.