GS Yuasa to power cargo transport missions to International Space Station

  • 04-Mar-2010 06:25 EST

The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft, shown in an artist’s rendering approaching the International Space Station, will be powered by GS Yuasa’s lithium-ion batteries.

Orbital Sciences Corp. awarded GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GYLP) a contract to supply batteries for its Cygnus maneuvering space vehicle. Cygnus will be used to provide cargo delivery services to the International Space Station. The battery will be assembled at GYLP's new manufacturing facility in Roswell, GA, and will use its LSE190 lithium ion cell. After launch of the unmanned Cygnus vehicle, GYLP's lithium batteries will power the spacecraft, discharging during that portion of the orbit when Cygnus is shaded by the Earth and recharging during each sun-facing orbital phase. Orbital is under contract to carry out eight CRS missions from 2011 to 2015, transporting a total of approximately 20 ton of cargo to the ISS. Orbital's CRS missions will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport at Wallops Island, VA.

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