Saft to provide Li-ion batteries for GEO satellite platform

Saft has received a contract from Orbital Sciences to provide lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for Orbital’s STAR-2 geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite platform.

The first order under this agreement will provide batteries for the Orbital-built Azerspace/Africasat-1, a commercial communications satellite for Azerbaijan.

For the Azerspace programme, Saft has designed low-weight, high-energy batteries with space-qualified VES180 Li-ion cells to support 5kW of payload power for 36 active transponders aboard the satellite.

Scheduled to launch in 2012, it will carry hybrid Ku and C-band payloads to provide services to Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa.