Solar Falcon as a Near-Space Testing Platform

Solar Falcon  provides testing and evaluation services to new sensors and micro satellites.

Cost effective and rapid way to demonstrate and certify new systems to TRL level 9


Superior to aircraft testing:

  • Longer time in near-space (can be days and weeks)
  • Near-space environment

Evaluate performance in near-space environment including:

  • Daily harsh temperature variations and sun effects similar to space
  • Contaminations
  • Reduced air, moisture and pressure
New space-based sensors and satellites require extensive testing to assure proper operations in space. This is measured with TRL. Solar Falcon can rapidly bring a prototype to TRL level 9.

Technology readiness levels (TRL) are a method of estimating technology maturity of Critical Technology Elements (CTE) of a program during the acquisition process. They are determined during a Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) that examines program concepts, technology requirements, and demonstrated technology capabilities. TRL are based on a scale from 1 to 9 with 9 being the most mature technology.