Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Longmont, CO. ABSL Space Products, the world leader in Lithium-ion batteries for space flight applications has been selected by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Company to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a test battery and quad-module Lithium-ion battery for the GeoEye-2 spacecraft over a 20-month contract period. The batteries will build on ABSL’s CryoSat-2 satellite and Earth Observation System (THEOS) spacecraft battery heritage to provide critical power solutions to the GeoEye-2 satellite during all phases of mission operation.
During GeoEye-2’s 7-year on-orbit mission, each ABSL battery will provide 28V bus power for eclipse operations as well as peak power imaging operations during it sun-synchronous orbit. It is projected there will be more than 38,000 cycles throughout the life of the mission. ABSL’s battery heritage technology is proven to produce the most reliable Lithium-ion batteries available for space flight with 70 spacecraft launched and over 29,000 cell years of space operation without failure.
ABSL’s highly specialized and dedicated team consistently meet the performance and mission requirements for all battery designs. “ABSL is pleased to be working together on a long Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mission with Lockheed Martin. A decade ago, Lockheed Martin aided us in setting up our long term life tests, which have proven the reliability of Lithium-ion for a LEO mission of this length.” said Kevin Schrantz, ABSL’s Sales Manager.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company was chosen to design and build the GeoEye-2 satellite on Mar. 11, 2010 by GeoEye, a Dulles, Virginia-based company with operations in Thornton, Colorado. The next generation GeoEye-2 satellite will be capable of resolving images on the Earth’s surface within 0.33 meters at Nadir (with 652 km orbit); a level of accuracy currently unavailable by any existing commercial imaging satellite. The GeoEye-2 satellite will be launched in early 2013 aboard an Atlas V rocket provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.
Please visit www.lockheedmartin.com/products/geoeye2/ or www.abslspaceproducts.com