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READING, Pa., June 25, 2012 -- EnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, and its Longmont, Colorado based ABSL Space Products (ABSL) business announced that the Lithium-ion battery built for the Tactical Satellite-3 (TacSat-3) performed nearly three times its planned mission life before the satellite de-orbited on 30 April.
ABSL was selected by ATK [NYSE: ATK] to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a Lithium-ion battery for the TacSat-3 spacecraft bus which was designed and built by ATK. ABSL’s battery was responsible for powering the satellite during eclipse and peak mission load conditions. The TacSat-3 spacecraft bus was designed for one year of operational goal but the satellite exceeded that goal by nearly two years.
TacSat-3 is a forerunner to the Operationally Responsive Space program (ORS). ABSL also provided the Lithium-ion space battery to ATK for the ORS-1 mission. TacSat-3 was designed to meet the various needs of the United States military forces. ABSL’s Lithium-ion battery was a key component in the success of the onboard satellite operations, which exceeded the original mission life goal.
“ABSL is excited to see its Lithium-ion battery outperform the mission requirements for TacSat-3,” said Richard Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys®. “ABSL is proud to be a part of the satellite’s success and to work with ATK to complete this mission for our armed forces. “
 
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