Orbital Sciences chooses EaglePicher to supply lithium-ion batteries for French satellite

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.

Dec 16th, 2008

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.

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