EaglePicher’s 50 Ampere-Hour cells, supplied to Lockheed Martin Space Systems - the prime contractor and systems integrator of the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan, will power the satellite during eclipse seasons. The environmentally friendly battery chemistry has been the preferred choice for space applications for 25 years due to the excellent longevity of batteries made with this chemistry and the strain gages and associated electronics that provide the customer with accurate state-of-charge monitoring.
BSAT-3b comprises 12 130 W Ku-band channels (8 operating at one time) and will be located at 110 degrees East longitude. With a design life of 15 years, BSAT-3b is based on the A2100A platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), Newtown, Pa.
“We’re excited to be a part of B-SAT’s HD broadcast services,” said Randy Moore, president of EaglePicher Technologies. “Our nickel hydrogen cells and batteries have been at the forefront of the industry for decades, and this latest project is further testament to the reliability and quality of our products.”
EaglePicher’s nickel hydrogen batteries and cells have successfully powered more than 450 space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope where the batteries have lasted four times longer than the projected lifespan. In addition to Hubble, EaglePicher batteries and cells have supported the International Space Station, Lunar Rover, Apollo, Gemini and Mercury. In all, EaglePicher nickel hydrogen products have logged, more than 1.4 billion hours in space without a single mission failure.
EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, is a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, aerospace, medical, and commercial industries. The company provides the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the United States. Battery technologies include lithium ion, thermal, silver zinc, nickel hydrogen, lithium carbon monofluoride, lithium thionyl chloride, lithium manganese dioxide, lithium sulfur dioxide, and reserve lithium oxyhalide. EaglePicher also provides custom battery assemblies, battery management systems, pyrotechnic devices, and other power solutions. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, Mo., and ISO9001:2000 and AS9100B certified. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com.
About OM Group, Inc.
OM Group, Inc. is a diversified global developer, producer and marketer of value-added specialty chemicals and advanced materials that are essential to complex chemical and industrial processes. Key technology based end-use applications include affordable energy, portable power, clean air, clean water, and proprietary products and services for the microelectronics industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, OM Group operates manufacturing facilities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.omgi.com/.