JOPLIN, Mo., 16 Dec. 2008. Satellite designers at Orbital Sciences Corp. in Dulles, Va., needed lithium-ion batteries for the AMC-21 satellite program developed with Thales Alenia Space of Cannes la Bocca, France. They found their solution from EaglePicher Technologies LLC< in Joplin, Mo.
The SES AMERICOM satellite, which is based on the Orbital Sciences STAR-2 platform, was launched into orbit last August. The 18-cell lithium-ion batteries primarily are to power the AMC-21 satellite during eclipse cycles.
This latest satellite program was awarded to EaglePicher Technologies under a long-term agreement with Orbital Sciences. Established in 2006, the agreement calls for the design, manufacture and testing of lithium-ion batteries that could have a life of up to 15 years in orbit.
EaglePicher develops technologies for deploying and managing lithium-ion batteries due to the chemistry's ability to provide higher energy levels and longer cycle life at a low weight and in smaller volumes than lead-acid, nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), or nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteries.
For more information contact EaglePicher online at www.eaglepicher.com.