The weather said “Not today” to the SpaceX launch on May 27, but the mission is rescheduling Demo-2 to launch May 30, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Did you know SpaceX operates from four different locations? Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex and Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex both located in Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and South Texas Launch Site in Texas (approximately 22 miles was of Brownsville).
SpaceX is owned by Elon Musk, whose mission on the SpaceX website states, “You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than in the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.” Musk founded SpaceX in 2002.
So, why are we telling you about SpaceX?
On April 10, 2020, South Texas Solar Systems, a Tesla Energy affiliated sub-contractor finalized the expansion of a 149kW photovoltaic (PV) ground mount for SpaceX at the South Texas Launch Site. “The system serves as an addition to an existing 450kW PV ground mount. The output from both systems is used to power the SpaceX facility in this area,” said South Texas Solar Systems Commercial Project Manager, Daniel Hudson.
The finalized expansion of the commercial solar panels included, 422 Trina 345 Watt solar modules, 1 SMA peak 125-kilowatt inverter, and Solarflex racking.
The solar industry and Musk are aiming for the future and that means commercial solar panels can help us get there.
Once the SpaceX mission launches this month (hopefully), the thought of knowing what type of technology took place to get us there is extraordinary.
The company STSS, has been installing commercial solar panels all throughout south Texas for more than 11 years. Solar panels for businesses continues to grow in popularity, due to the federal incentives and utility rebates (if any).