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Jacksonville Company Delivers International Space Station's Solar Panels

Six iROSA solar arrays will augment the power drawn from the existing arrays on the International Space Station.

The Jacksonville-based space technology company Redwire has delivered its first pair of International Space Station roll-out solar arrays (iROSA) to federal contractor Boeing.

The solar-power systems are scheduled to be launched on SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply mission to the space station.

Redwire is under contract by Boeing to provide the solar arrays.

Using upgraded solar cells from Boeing's Spectrolab, each of the solar arrays will provide more than 20 kilowatts of power. Combined, the six new arrays will produce more than 120 kilowatts, improving the overall power-generating capability of the ISS by 20% to 30%.

"The enabling iROSA technology will provide a crucial power boost to support important work being done on station, from exploration technology demonstrations to commercial activity," said Andrew Rush, president and COO of Redwire, in a Thursday news release.                    

The roll-out solar arrays were developed by Redwire subsidiary Deployable Space Systems. 

Redwire announced in February it had acquired DDS. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DSS marked Redwire's seventh acquisition. Redwire, which is headquartered on Philips Highway, has amassed a portfolio of space infrastructure companies that include Adcole Space, Made In Space, Roccor, LoadPath and Oakman Aerospace.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.