Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of advanced
batteries for industry, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract
from Boeing to build Li-ion battery packs for four new 702SP
communications satellites. The technology-rich "small platform"
satellites, designed to operate in the 3- to 8-kilowatt power range, are
being developed by Boeing for Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and
Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex).
Boeing 702SP Satellite Program in Orbit (Photo: Business Wire)
The first two satellites, ABS-3A and Satmex 7, are scheduled to be
completed by Boeing in early 2015 and launch together on a SpaceX Falcon
9 rocket. Saft will deliver batteries in 2013-2014 from its
Cockeysville, MD Space & Defense Division factory. This is the first
order for Boeing's 702SP satellite program.
Saft will deliver multiple battery cells for each satellite. Each
battery contains high-energy lithium-ion cells and modules with the
batteries supplying 8kW of on-board power during its 15-year life. This
battery power is delivered primarily uring the two 45-day eclipse
periods each year while in GEO satellite orbit.
This is the fourth order from Boeing for commercial satellite batteries
since signing a long-term agreement with Saft in 2009. This new order
increases Saft's current GEO satellite programs to more than 60. The
projects will also add to Saft's total kilowatt hours in space and
further establish the heritage of the high energy battery packs, which
are used to power the Boeing 702 satellite programs (including Intelsat,
Inmarsat, SkyTerra and MEXSAT).
The Boeing 702SP is engineered to be affordable and adaptable, equipped
with next-generation technology and avionics designed to enhance
performance, simplify operations and streamline access to critical data.
Each satellite will weigh in the range of 1,900 to 2,100 kilograms yet
will carry the payload of a much larger platform. Saft's lightweight
batteries contribute to the weight savings, allowing for two of these
small satellites to be launched on a single rocket.
"Our long-term relationship with Boeing enables us to make
mission-critical contributions to space technologies that provide
dramatic benefits to the customer," said Tom Alcide, General Manager of
Saft's Specialty Battery Group, adding, "Saft is extremely pleased to be
developing innovative solutions in a marketplace with unlimited
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture
of advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world's
leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries
for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil
and military electronics' markets. Saft is the world leader in space and
defense batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also being
deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication
markets. Saft's 4,000 employees present in 19 countries, together with
its 16 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network, all contribute
to accelerating the Group's growth for the future. For more information,
visit Saft at www.saftbatteries.com.
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