Press Release

EaglePicher Technologies Ships First Lithium-Ion Batteries for Communications Satellites

By SpaceRef Editor
November 29, 2007
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EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an EaglePicher company and a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, today announced it has shipped its first two orders for lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries to Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC). The 18-cell Li-Ion batteries will be used for communications satellites.

“We have a long-term agreement with OSC to design, test and manufacture lithium-ion batteries,” said Steve Westfall, president of EaglePicher Technologies. “These shipments mark the first two of several flight programs for which we will provide OSC with batteries.”

The batteries utilize GS-Yuasa LSE 100 Ah cells, including bypass switches and redundant cell heaters. EaglePicher qualified both the LSE 100 Ah cell and Ah battery.

For more than 25 years, EaglePicher Technologies has supplied the highest quality and reliability in battery technology for the space and defense industries. Its batteries have produced more than 1.2 billion hours of cell operation in space with 100 percent mission success. Li-Ion, a new generation of battery technology, provides higher energy levels and longer cycle life at a low weight and in smaller volumes than lead-acid, nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), or nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries.

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an EaglePicher company, is the leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, and provides the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the United States. EaglePicher Technologies offers a wide range of battery technology including thermal, nickel hydrogen, lithium carbonmonofluoride, lithium thionyl chloride, lithium manganese dioxide, lithium sulfur dioxide, lithium ion, reserve lithium oxyhalide, custom battery assemblies and silver zinc batteries. It also provides other energy products and pyrotechnic devices for the defense industry, as well as advanced battery chargers and other power solutions for business, industrial and recreational applications. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, Mo., and is an AS9100 certified supplier. For more information, visit

Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) develops and manufactures small rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The company’s primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-orbit, geosynchronous-orbit and planetary spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles. OSC also offers space-related technical services to government agencies and develops and builds satellite-based transportation management systems for public transit agencies and private vehicle fleet operators. More information about OSC can be found at

SpaceRef staff editor.