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SAFT : Contracted by Boeing to Provide Li-ion Batteries for New Small Platform GEO Satellites

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Saft Batteries Provide Mission-Critical Performance
and Benefits for New Communication Satellites

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)

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 during the two 45-day eclipse periods each year while in GEO satellite orbit.
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