From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
EaglePicher Technologies has been selected by Orbital Sciences Corp. to provide lithium-ion batteries to support the ICESat-2 Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite, based on Orbital’s LEOStar-3 design. The announcement was made this morning. The ICESat-2 lithium-ion batteries will be designed, manufactured and tested at EaglePicher’s plant in Joplin.
ICESat-2 is a continuation of the precision ice topography measurements initiated by the first ICESat mission and will measure changes in the elevation of the polar ice sheets to understand their contribution to current and future sea-level rise.
The ICESat-2 spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2016.
The lithium-ion batteries designed by EaglePicher for the satellites incorporate many of the design features that have been successfully used by Orbital in 13 of its GEOStar commercial communications satellites, the first of which were launched in 2008.
“We are honored to have been selected by Orbital as the key battery supplier for this important scientific mission that will help NASA scientists build a better understanding of Earth’s system and its response to natural or human-induced changes,” Ron Nowlin, vice president of EaglePicher Aerospace and Alternative Energy Storage, said in a statement.
“This award demonstrates Orbital’s confidence in EaglePicher’s reliable and innovative lithium-ion battery solutions provided for the aerospace industry, and builds upon the strong partnership formed by GS Yuasa and EaglePicher.”
EaglePicher’s ICESat-2 lithium-ion batteries use GS Yuasa’s Generation III LSE134 lithium-ion cells. EaglePicher and GS Yuasa formed a strategic alliance in 2004 to provide lithium-ion battery options for the aerospace industry combining GS Yuasa’s heritage and expertise in large format lithium-ion cells with EaglePicher’s leadership in aerospace battery design, manufacturing, integration and testing.
EaglePicher Technologies, an OM Group company, is a leading producer of batteries for defense, aerospace, medical and commercial uses.