Larry Trager: Aerojet Rocketdyne to Test Space Station Lithium-Ion Batteries

Aerojet RocketdyneAeroject Rocketdyne┬áhas reviewed its design of new lithium-ion batteries that are built to power the International Space Station‘s electrical system.

The batteries are designed to replace the current nickel hydrogen batteries onboard the ISS and to provide electricity for ISS crew members to perform scientific experiments, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday.

Larry Trager, director of advanced power systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne, said the company’s orbital replacement unit worked to meet operational and performance targets during the evaluation.

He added the batteries will next undergo assembly and testing processes.

The company built the lithium-ion batteries to provide 1.5 times more energy storage capacity than the existing ISS Ni-H2 batteries.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is contracted to produce a total of 31 battery ORUs for the space station.

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