EMCORE Solar Panels Power the Orbital-Built LDCM Satellite

EMCORE Solar Panels Power the Orbital-Built LDCM Satellite

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EMCORE Corporation
(Nasdaq:EMKR), a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components
and subsystems for the fiber optic and solar power markets, announced today
that EMCORE solar panels are powering the Landsat Data Continuity Mission
(LDCM) satellite that was successfully launched on February 11, 2013 from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. LDCM was designed, built and tested
by Orbital Sciences Corporation for NASA to support the Landsat Earth
observation program that began over four decades ago. The LDCM satellite
continues a 40-year legacy of seven previous satellites that have collected
vital data and images of the Earth's surface and environment.

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) share responsibility for the LDCM
program. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center oversaw development of the flight
systems including the LDCM spacecraft and the onboard instruments, and is
responsible for mission operations, launch, and in-orbit checkout. The USGS
will operate the satellite and the Landsat ground network, image-processing
and archive facilities. The data collected constitutes the longest ongoing
record of the Earth's surface as seen from space and benefits many industries
including agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education,
mapping, emergency response and disaster relief.The knowledge gained
contributes to research on climate, carbon cycle, water cycle, ecosystems,
biogeochemistry and changes to Earth's surface, as well as our understanding
of visible human effects on land surfaces. 

LDCM joins Landsat 7, which is currently in orbit.Once the spacecraft
completes in-orbit testing and is operated by the USGS, it will be renamed
Landsat 8, reflecting its place in a distinguished legacy of highly-productive
spacecraft.The satellite has two new spectral bands that will allow it to
detect clouds on coastal zones.In addition, it will produce more than twice
as many images per day than the Landsat 7.LDCM is approximately 20 feet tall
with a 9-foot diameter at its widest point.The solar array has four EMCORE
solar panels that will extend 32 feet from the satellite when deployed and
feature high-efficiency BTJ triple-junction solar cells delivering 3,750 watts
of power at End-Of-Life (EOL).

"EMCORE is proud to have once again partnered with Orbital on the deployment
of critical on-orbit capability," said Brad Clevenger, General Manager of
EMCORE's Photovoltaics Division. "We appreciate the opportunity to contribute
to this important mission for NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey and we look
forward to seeing LDCM's many contributions to earth science."

EMCORE is the world's leading manufacturer of highly-efficient radiation-hard
solar cells for space power applications.With a Beginning-Of-Life (BOL)
conversion efficiency nearing 30% and the option for a patented, onboard
monolithic bypass diode, EMCORE's industry leading multi-junction solar cells
provide the highest available power to interplanetary spacecraft and earth
orbiting satellites.EMCORE's proven manufacturing capability, technology
leadership, and high-reliability solar cells and panels make us the supplier
of choice for demanding spacecraft power systems.


EMCORE Corporation offers a broad portfolio of compound semiconductor-based
products for the fiber optics and solar power markets.EMCORE's Fiber Optics
business segment provides optical components, subsystems and systems for
high-speed telecommunications, Cable Television (CATV) and
Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) networks, as well as products for satellite
communications, video transport and specialty photonics technologies for
defense and homeland security applications.EMCORE's Solar Photovoltaics
business segment provides products for space power applications including
high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells, Covered Interconnect Cells (CICs)
and complete satellite solar panels.For further information about EMCORE,
visit http://www.emcore.com.

About Orbital Sciences Corporation

As the industry leader in small- and medium-class space and rocket systems,
Orbital Sciences Corporation provides a complete set of reliable,
cost-effective products including satellites for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit
(GEO), communications and broadcasting, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft that
perform remote sensing and scientific research, spacecraft used for national
security missions, and planetary probes to explore deep space.In addition,
Orbital provides full service engineering, production and technical services
for NASA, DoD, commercial and academic space programs. For more information on
Orbital Sciences Corporation, please visit http://www.orbital.com/.

Forward-looking statements:

The information provided herein may include forward-looking statements within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.Such statements include
statements regarding EMCORE's expectations, goals or intentions, including,
but not limited to, financial performance, production schedules, expected
customer sales, product features and their benefits, product quality and
product performance.These forward-looking statements are based on
management's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about
EMCORE and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
results and events to differ materially from those stated in the
forward-looking statements.Risks and uncertainties that could cause EMCORE's
actual results to differ from those set forth in any forward-looking statement
are discussed in more detail in EMCORE's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov,
including under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and
Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."Forward-looking
statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date
hereof, and EMCORE undertakes no obligation to update or revise the
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.

         Navid Fatemi
         Vice President Business Development
         (505) 332-5019
         TTC Group
         Victor Allgeier
         (646) 290-6400
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