Press Release

Orbital Sciences Corporation Awards GS Yuasa Lithium Power Follow-on Order for Additional Cygnus Satellite Batteries

By SpaceRef Editor
July 16, 2012
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GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc. (GYLP) announced today that it has been awarded a follow-on order by Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB) to deliver batteries to be used aboard the Cygnus(TM) cargo logistics spacecraft supporting NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program for the International Space Station. The order from Orbital is for battery sets for Cygnus spacecraft that will carry out missions 4 through 8 of the CRS contract. In 2011 GYLP successfully completed deliveries of batteries in support of the initial demonstration mission and CRS missions 1 – 3.

“GS Yuasa has successfully completed the deliveries for the demonstration mission and the first three CRS missions. This follow-on award demonstrates Orbital’s confidence in our ability to deliver highly reliable battery systems, meet program milestones and support a long-term program,” said William Moll, GYLP president. “GYLP looks forward to continuing to work with Orbital in support of the CRS program.”

GS Yuasa’s lithium ion batteries provide a low mass and highly reliable solution to power Orbital’s Cygnus(TM) advanced maneuvering space vehicle.

The batteries will be assembled and tested at GYLP’s Roswell, GA facility and use GS Yuasa’s space qualified LSE190 rechargeable lithium ion cells. The initial battery delivery for this order will be in the fourth quarter of this year with additional deliveries through 2014. GS Yuasa is a world leader in lithium ion batteries used in the aerospace market with more than 1,100,000 watt-hours of LSE cells orbited.

GS Yuasa Lithium Power

GS Yuasa is one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers for automotive, telecom, and industrial applications and has produced commercial lead acid batteries for more than one hundred years. GS Yuasa manufactures a variety of specialty battery technologies, among them Lithium-ion, Nickel-Metal Hydride, Thermal batteries and Silver Zinc.
GS Yuasa Lithium Power, Inc. is the United States subsidiary of GS Yuasa focused on large format lithium ion battery system manufacturing for US customers. Primary products are lithium-ion battery systems for aerospace, defense, commercial, and industrial applications.

SpaceRef staff editor.