Alta Devices powers CubeSat mission

A successful CubeSat mission by Twiggs Space Lab, LLC (TSL), NearSpace Launch, Inc. (NSL) and their launch logistics partner, NanoRacks LLC (NanoRacks), was powered by Alta Devices solar, the company said.

The Asgardia-1 satellite was based on NSL´s FastBus platform and powered by approximately 24 watts of Alta solar cells. Launched in November 2017 on an Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman) cargo resupply mission, the 2U-size FastBus was inserted into a 475 km low earth orbit in December 2017 via the NanoRacks External Cygnus Deployer. The 2U satellite carried a payload which included a solid-state memory experiment and particle detectors used to determine the actual effects of on-orbit radiation.

CubeSats (satellites weighing less than 15kg) were originally developed for university students to participate in space research. The standard has now been adopted worldwide and has helped to ignite a small satellite revolution.

Twiggs Space Lab is focused on creating STEAM based products and curriculum to stimulate, engage, and encourage students to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

NearSpace Launch was started by two Taylor University professors, Hank Voss & Jeff Dailey following the successful Mission of TSAT in spring of 2014. This mission proved the effectiveness of a Globalstar radio connection for extraterrestrial radio communication. For more information visit

NanoRacks is the world´s first commercial space station company with an existing customer base. The company offers low-cost, high-quality solutions to the most pressing needs for satellite deployment, basic and educational research and both at home and in 30 nations worldwide for those new to the industry and aerospace veterans.

Alta Devices is Empowering Autonomyâ„¢ by delivering the world´s most efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. By converting light of any kind into electricity, Alta Devices´ AnyLightâ„¢ power technology extends the energy source of a system, and in many cases, completely cuts the traditional power cord. For more information, visit