Powering Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

EaglePicher supplies field-proven energy storage systems for a number of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications. We have the ability to develop products across a broad range of chemistries, allowing us to meet a wide variety of application requirements.

EaglePicher pioneered lithium ion battery system applications in UAVs with the RQ-4 Global Hawk and the Aurora Excalibur VTOL airframes. We achieved another first when we supplied lithium ion batteries for the Northrop Grumman X-47B (UCAS) demonstrator, which became the first unmanned vehicle to operate successfully from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

EaglePicher’s LCF-136 based Li/CFx-MnO2 non-rechargeable batteries are ideally suited for single-use UAV missions where low weight is critical, extended run time is essential, in-flight recharge is not required, and long shelf-life and no field maintenance
is highly beneficial. Our LCF-136 Li/CFx-MnO2 cell offers an excellent balance of energy and power.

EaglePicher is aggressively pursuing the loitering munitions UAV market and has developed a wind-tunnel to quantify the heat-dissipative needs for the cell pack to support various unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) platforms. Our ability to conduct design integration of the LCF-136 cell pack into the fuselage of specific platforms allows optimization of the thermal interfaces necessary to support maximum power output and capacity utilization.

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