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Space

A Key Player in Powering Mission Success

One of NASA’s Most Trusted Suppliers

From the very beginning of the U.S. satellite and spacecraft programs, EaglePicher has supplied batteries for more space missions than any other company. Our products have powered launch vehicles, satellites, space research missions, and manned and unmanned missions — since America’s early days in space.

2.5 Billion Cell Hours in Space Without a Mission Failure

Our batteries provide the highest quality and reliability necessary to ensure success in mission-critical applications. When the U.S. entered the space race in 1958 with the launch of the Explorer 1 satellite, EaglePicher batteries were on board. Our products power more than 600 satellites currently in orbit, including many American and international missions.

EaglePicher Rescues Apollo 13 Mission

When an oxygen tank explosion crippled the Apollo 13 spacecraft during its lunar mission in 1970, the safe return of three brave American astronauts depended heavily upon the EaglePicher batteries on board the spacecraft. EaglePicher’s silver zinc batteries provided electrical power for the life support and guidance control systems after a fuel cell failed on the Apollo 13 landing, thus helping the astronauts get safely back to Earth.

EaglePicher Helps Power Mars Missions

Even though their operating life after activation is fairly short, thermal batteries are designed to provide extremely high power over a short period of time, making them ideal for the Mars Rovers. EaglePicher made similar batteries for NASA’s earlier missions, Mars Pathfinder and Mars Odyssey. The thermal batteries for Mars Exploration Rovers were designed and fabricated by EaglePicher Technologies, LLC under the cognizance of battery and mission assurance engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Hubble Telescope Batteries Outlast Predicted Life

In 1990, the Hubble Space telescope was launched, and in 2009, the batteries were replaced for the first time. EaglePicher nickel hydrogen (NiH2) battery life exceeded its projected 5-year life expectancy by 14 additional years, totaling an amazing 19 years battery life in space!