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ABSL Space Products, a manufacturer of Lithium-ion rechargeable space batteries, celebrates the successful launch of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft on an Atlas V 401 rocket.

LONGMONT, Colorado (Date 11 February 2010) – ABSL Space Products, a manufacturer of Lithium-ion rechargeable space batteries, celebrates the successful launch of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft on an Atlas V 401 rocket. The spacecraft will be positioned in a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), and is powered by ABSL Lithium-ion batteries. SDO will study the sun to help scientists understand the sun’s energy production mechanisms, the interior workings of the sun, and the ways in which energy is stored and released in the sun’s atmosphere.

ABSL’s Lithium-ion battery provides power for the satellite’s flight and scientific instrumentation as the spacecraft travels though the bi-yearly eclipse phases of its geosynchronous orbit over SDO’s 12 year mission goal. SDO will carry ABSL’s largest single module battery flown to date and utilizes ABSL’s heritage architecture to deliver a three deck unit providing 4.5kWh of energy through a 28 volt system.

ABSL’s Lithium-ion space flight experience surpasses every other battery vendor, and the SDO mission is a major flight heritage milestone. The SDO battery is a crucial step for future ABSL business as ABSL continues to expand its Lithium-ion batteries into the commercial and government GEO spacecraft market. ABSL recently delivered Lithium-ion hardware for a United States Government GEO mission and is currently working on a second battery for the same customer.  ABSL has already delivered batteries that will fly on Indian GEO spacecraft this year, and also recently received a contract to power a commercial communications GEO satellite.

David Curzon, Project Manager for the SDO Battery, stated “ABSL is very proud to have once again worked closely with NASA and supplied essential hardware in support of this key GEO mission. It is an honor and a privilege to have collaborated with GSFC in contributing to the success of this project.”

In addition to the SDO battery contract, ABSL has delivered four other Lithium-ion battery contracts for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Obiter (LRO) launched together in 2009 with Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) also powered by ABSL Lithium-ion batteries; Space Technology 5 spacecraft that was launched by NASA in 2006 and now is successfully completed; and Time History of Events Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) launched in 2007. ABSL recently kicked off the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) contract for GSFC which is one of ABSL largest capacity battery systems at over 350Ah.

Kevin Schrantz, ABSL Sales Manager said, “SDO marks ABSL’s longest GEO mission. SDO is rewarding from a technology standpoint as SDO is our largest capacity single module battery to date, but more importantly the SDO battery has paved the way for current and future ABSL GEO programs”.

For media information please contact:

 

United States

Kevin Schrantz
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80501
USA
(+1) 303.848.8078
kevin.schrantz@abslspace.com

Europe & Rest of the World

Europe & Rest of the World
Naseer Ahmed
Culham Science Centre
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3ED
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1865 408 705
naseer.ahmed@abslspace.com

Notes To Editors:

ABSL Space Products is the world leader in the supply of Lithium-ion batteries for space applications with contracts for more than one hundred spacecraft and launch vehicle batteries. ABSL supplied the first rechargeable Lithium-ion battery flown in space, and now sixty-one spacecraft are flying powered by ABSL Lithium-ion battery technology.

ABSL has production facilities in Longmont, Colorado and Culham, United Kingdom. The Longmont facility services U.S. customers and the United Kingdom facility services the rest of the world. ABSL has a global customer base and has successfully executed major contracts from NASA, ESA, and major prime manufacturers in North America, Europe and the rest of the world. ABSL has highly varied space energy storage capability having delivered primary, secondary, high power, high energy and high voltage solutions to the space industry.

ABSL has demonstrated in orbit the most reliable Lithium-ion products currently available for the space market by accumulating over 23,000 cell years of space operation without failure.

ABSL has been active in the space industry since the 1960’s during the early days of ion-thruster development. During the 1980’s, ABSL was the largest non-US subcontractor to the United States Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). More recently, effort has been focused on ABSL power and optical products, such as LIDAR and infrared and microwave calibration systems.

 
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