Ball Aerospace intends for the battery function as the spacecraft’s main power source as it requires invariable voltage levels to operate, Saft said Tuesday.
“The agreement represents a new customer relationship for Saft, and enables us to expand our program experience with our lithium-ion technology,“ said Glen Bowling, Saft's specialty battery group sales director.
Delivery of the batter is scheduled for 2014.
Saft aims to store high-energy space cells in eight modules to create a 32.8-volt li-on battery with 240 ampere-hours of power.
The company also intends for the batter to work in hostile environments outside the Earth.