Saft wins satellite battery contract

  • 03-Sep-2009 02:58 EDT
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Saft recently won a $9 million contract to supply lithium-ion batteries for six new satellites for a U.S. Government program. The batteries will use Saft’s VL 48E (48 A·h) cells, which are specifically configured to meet the satellites’ bus size and power needs for space missions. The rechargeable Li-ion batteries will power the satellites through their full life during eclipse seasons when they are blocked from the sun, resulting in energy and weight savings for the satellites compared with previous battery technologies. Each cell has a specific energy of 150 kW/kg.

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