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September 3, 2009

SkySentry Receives Lightweight Flexible CIGS Array from Ascent Solar Technologies

Filed under: ASTI — Tags: , , , , — Jason @ 7:00 am

Thursday September 3, 2009, 7:00 am EDT

THORNTON, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (ASTI), a developer of state of the art flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that SkySentry, a high altitude vehicle developer headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, received their first flexible CIGS PV array for an upcoming aerostat test in Sandusky, Ohio, scheduled for mid-September, 2009. The aerostat is part of Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s High Altitude, Long-Endurance Testbed.

Charles Lambert, President and CEO of SkySentry, stated, “Power production and storage are the most difficult challenge of operating stationary vehicles for lengthy periods in the stratosphere. This test will use an aerostat, a tethered blimp, to characterize performance of a solar array on a dynamic platform, understand the performance of thin film arrays on a buoyant vehicle in terms of temperature and impact on an inflated substrate, determine the consistency of solar output for high altitude applications and quantify the effect of clouds and variable weather on performance of an aerostat-mounted array.” Corollary benefits include comparing high efficiency solar array deployments on aerostats as primary or supplementary power generation with other technologies such as off-shore power generation with wind turbines.

Ascent Solar president and CEO Farhad Moghadam added, “This shipment represents our first delivery of flexible monolithically integrated CIGS PV specifically for airship experimentation. SkySentry’s testing of our photovoltaics on the aerostat, along with advanced power management, will demonstrate their approach towards an important application for national security and surveillance applications.”

About SkySentry LLC:

SkySentry LLC is a Service-disabled, veteran-owned Colorado-based small business, widely acknowledged as a national leader in the investigation and development of the high altitude operating environment for communications and surveillance. SkySentry aids High Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) development in the areas of policy, doctrine, and operations concepts growth; research and development of vehicles, subsystems and payloads; characterizing vehicle and payload performance through advanced modeling and simulation; and field testing of payloads and architectures. Additional information can be found at

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