Sunday, February 12, 2012
EnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announced that its Longmont, Colorado based ABSL Space Products (ABSL) business has been awarded the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellite Lithium-ion battery contract.
ABSL was selected by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [NYSE: BLL] to design, fabricate, test, and deliver Lithium-ion batteries for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) JPSS-1 satellite. The JPSS-1 spacecraft is being procured by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on behalf of NOAA. The batteries will build on ABSL’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) spacecraft battery heritage to provide critical power to the JPSS-1 satellite during all phases of mission operation.
“ABSL is pleased to be working together on this critical national weather and climate system mission with Ball Aerospace,” said Richard Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys®. “ABSL’s relationship with Ball Aerospace began half a decade ago when Ball awarded ABSL the contract for Ball’s first Lithium-ion spacecraft battery for NASA’s Kepler mission. Today is another milestone for our Lithium-ion battery product line and we are proud to provide our Lithium-ion spacecraft battery expertise for a key component of our civil polar-orbiting weather satellite system”.
During JPSS-1’s 7-year on-orbit mission, the ABSL battery will provide 28-Volt bus power for eclipse and peak power operations during its Low Earth Orbit. The ABSL JPSS-1 spacecraft battery is designed for a minimum of 36,500 orbital charge/discharge cycles after being subjected to the intense vibration stresses imposed during launch and separation into orbit. ABSL’s heritage battery technology is proven to produce the most reliable Lithium-ion batteries available for space flight. ABSL has powered 85 spacecraft launched to date with over 48,000 cell years of space operation without failure.
JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). This includes the satellites and sensors that support civil weather and climate measurements, as well as a common ground system. This polar-orbiting satellite will observe Earth from space and collect and disseminate data on Earth’s weather, atmosphere, oceans, land, and near-space environment as well as monitor the entire planet for long-range weather and climate forecasts.