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The DSS Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) System is an ultra-high performance solar array system that converts solar radiation (sunlight) into electricity for reliably generating power for spacecraft to support long life space missions.  The patented ROSA solar array provides extraordinary affordability (up to 25 percent to 50 percent cost savings), high performance,  lightweight (66 percent to 75 percent total mass reduction), compact stowage (up to 90 percent stowage volume reduction), high deployed strength/stiffness (up to right times stiffer and stronger), high reliability (50 percent fewer parts), practicality, simplicity, and modularity, and allows for seamless integration of standard and advanced photovoltaics, and concentrator blanket technologies.  ROSA provides a performance paradigm shift for the space power industry in terms of significantly lower cost, greater specific power, compact stowage volume, higher structural performance, higher deployment reliability, high power capability, less complexity and higher modularity/scalability.

Each year for more than 50 years, R&D Magazine has honored the 100 best innovations in research and development. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards. Innovators with an exceptional product developed between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 should apply. Submissions close April 14, 2017

For information on the 55th Annual R&D 100 Awards visit the R&D 100 Conference website.

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