Saft lands multi-million euro commercial space battery contract

March 12, 2014 //By Paul Buckley
 Saft lands multi-million euro commercial space battery contract
Saft has landed a multi-million euro repeat contract from the Space Systems division of Airbus Defence & Space to supply the onboard battery systems for the next 18 Ariane 5 ECA launchers.

The contract will support the future spaceflight programme of commercial satellite launch company Arianespace.

The contract builds on the total reliability of the Saft systems demonstrated in previous Ariane ECA orders to confirm Saft as the trusted battery partner of choice for demanding space vehicle applications.

For each Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle, Saft will provide a total of 16 battery systems to power key elements including: main cryogenic stage (EPC), boosters (EAP), Vehicle Equipment Bay (VEB). The battery technologies supplied by Saft will include silver oxide-zinc (AgOZn) primary batteries and rechargeable nickel-based batteries.

The contract is an extension of previous orders placed in 2005 and 2009, for which Saft delivered the batteries required for a total of 65 Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicles. All of the batteries bound for the Ariane 5 ECA will be designed and manufactured at Saft’s specialized manufacturing facility in Poitiers, France, with the first delivery due in 2016 and the first launch into orbit in 2017.

"The Ariane 5 ECA is known for a high degree of accuracy mission after mission, which demands high performance and total reliability from every onboard system," explained Ben Helminen, Marketing & Strategic Planning Director for Saft’s Specialty Battery division. ‘We are therefore delighted that Airbus Defence & Space and its customer Arianespace have embraced Saft as a trusted partner to supply tried and tested space battery systems to continue to power the mission critical systems.”

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