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Emcore Wins Boeing Satellite Platform

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Somerset - Mar 10, 2004
Emcore Corporation has been selected by Boeing to provide advanced triple-junction high-efficiency solar cells and panels for the latest model 702 satellite which Boeing is manufacturing. The contract includes an option for a follow-on satellite as well.

"We are very excited to be providing our high efficiency solar cell technology to Boeing for the highest power model 702 satellite developed to date," said Earl Fuller, Vice President, Emcore Photovoltaics Division.

"For years, Emcore has remained committed to developing the highest quality, best performing solar cells and panels for space applications, and we are grateful for our selection by Boeing.

"We are confident that the outstanding performance of our advanced triple-junction solar cell technology will enable them to continue to successfully satisfy the requirements of their customer.

"Equipped with advanced triple junction solar cells, this satellite is able to generate 18 kilowatts of power at start of service and 15.5 kilowatts at the end of its 15-year design life."

Fuller continued, "Emcore's Advanced Triple-Junction (ATJ) solar cell and our panel manufacturing processes have performed successfully through exhaustive reliability evaluations and qualification tests by many customers.

"We have solar cells on-orbit in both low earth (LEO) as well as geosynchronous orbit (GEO) applications and performance is meeting customer expectations. As a result our design wins are continuing to increase."

"We are beginning to see a recovery in the commercial satellite industry. Boeing's 702 satellite is one of 19 GEO satellites ordered worldwide last year according to industry statistics," added Fuller.

Emcore's Photovoltaics Division provides satellite manufacturers integrated photovoltaic power components that improve both satellite performance and satellite launch economics.

By providing satellite manufacturers with the industry's highest efficiency solar cells (beginning of life efficiency 27.5%) together with CICs and solar panels that have the world's longest, most successful on-orbit heritage, Emcore is a leading supplier of reliable satellite power.

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