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Missouri Batteries Power NASA’s Artemis-I Mission

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Missouri Partnership
November 24, 2022
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Missouri Batteries Power NASA’s Artemis-I Mission
Missouri Partnership
Missouri Partnership

NASA just launched the Artemis-I, and it was powered by Missouri-made batteries. This is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars.

Eight different types of batteries from EaglePicher, an energy manufacturing company based in Joplin, Missouri, are on board the spacecraft, providing power at crucial times during the mission.

EaglePicher batteries are on almost every component of the Artemis-I, including the solid rocket boosters, the rocket itself, and the vehicle that will fly around the moon and return to earth.

“Two are actually on the booster and two are actually on the rocket and they’re flight termination system batteries, and then we also have the four main batteries on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle,” said Jackie Kennedy, Senior Program Director at EaglePicher.

Missouri has a long history of powering NASA’s space program including the InSight Lander and Perseverance rover, which are currently on the surface of Mars, NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft and the International Space Station. And Missouri has been a key part of the U.S. space program since the 1950s driving the development of the Mercury and Gemini space programs and the CST-100 Starliner.

About Missouri Partnership

Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development organization focused on attracting new jobs and investment to the state and promoting Missouri’s business strengths. Since 2008, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners statewide to attract companies that have created 31,000+ new jobs, $1.6 billion+ in new annual payroll, and $6 billion+ in new capital investment. Some recent successful projects that led to major investment in Missouri include Accenture Federal Services LLC, American Foods Group, Casey’s, Chewy, Inc., James Hardie, Meta, Square, Swift Prepared Foods, USDA, and Veterans United.

Media Contact: Janelle Higgins | 314.541.4911 | janelle@missouripartnership.comMissouri Partnership

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