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.”
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.
Jill Ledger, Corporate Communication and Institutional
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Consulting Strategic Communications
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