Dec. 23, 2013 16:35 UTC

100th Satellite Equipped with Saft Li-ion Batteries Launched

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high technology batteries for industry, achieved a milestone when the 100th satellite to use the company’s pioneering Li-ion battery technology launched this month. The Inmarsat 5 F-1 satellite lifted off from the Proton M rocket in Baikonour, Kazakhstan on December 8. The takeoff also marks the 75th GEO satellite in orbit using Saft batteries.

Saft began supplying Li-ion batteries little more than a decade ago, in 2002, and has since developed a strong reputation as the leader in reliability and performance among customers worldwide. To date, Saft customers have launched Li-ion batteries valued at M€120 into space. The company has put more than 9,000 battery cells into orbit and logged 275 million hours, or 31,000 years, without failure or deviation. Its Li-ion technology is proven to last throughout the life of the satellite, up to 18 years of orbit in most cases.

Saft’s extensive list of partnerships with flight heritage includes space and defense industry leaders, such as Boeing, EADS Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, Orbital Sciences Corp, NASA, the European Space Agency, CNES and many others. The company’s long heritage in space dates back to its first satellite launch in 1966, and Saft has since continued to grow its market share within the sector, helped by its Li-ion technology. Most of the company’s batteries in orbit are within the GEO commercial or military telecommunication satellites, with the oldest, W3A manufactured by EADS AST, launched in 2004.

For these 100 launches, Saft provided long-life, high energy batteries, comprised of VES 140, VES 180, VL 48E and MPS cells, for the satellites. Saft’s Li-ion battery packs supply a voltage range of 4V to 100V with a capacity from 5.8 to 52 Ah at the cell level and up to 625 Ah at battery level. The Li-ion battery system is lightweight, which reduces the overall mass of the satellite to improve efficiency.

“Saft has a diverse offering of space-qualified cells that are designed to meet all the stringent requirements vital to successful performance in space, including the abilities to operate in extreme temperatures and to withstand thousands of cycles for the life of the spacecraft,” said Thomas Alcide, General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group. “The 100th launch demonstrates our leadership position in the satellite industry, especially in the GEO market. Saft is proud of the success and leadership we have been able to establish within the worldwide space community over the past decade.”

About Saft

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics’ markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defense batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft’s 4,000 employees present in 18 countries, together with its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network, all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for the future.

For more information, visit Saft at www.saftbatteries.com.


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