We expect direct commercialization after Phase II for this technology, by leveraging the flight-heritage of CropGlass materials and the experience of our commercial partner. We expect applications post-Phase II should be in the form of purchase contracts with our subcontractor and commercialization partner, ATK. This cost-saving technology will be highly relevant to NASA and commercial aerospace firms alike. Additional possible post applications will include mission specific studies of this technology, including different orbits or special requirements. Integrating this technology into the manufacturing workflow of the major solar cell suppliers (Spectrolab, Emcore) represents another post application opportunity. We expect that after a successful Phase II effort that the community will see this technology as low risk. The cost savings will particularly useful to missions that require very high power levels. NASA programs involving large solar arrays, such as the solar electric propulsion (SEP) demo, would be particularly interested in CropGlass.
Department of Defense, foreign government programs and the commercial sector all have an interest in greater power and lower cost for solar arrays. With the vast majority of space missions powered by solar arrays, and given the low risk nature of the design, CropGlass has large potential across broad markets.