Saft wins Thales Alenia Space contract to supply satellite batteries

Saft has been awarded a multi-million Euro contract by Thales Alenia Space to supply 81 on-board Li-ion batteries for the Iridium Next low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.

The Iridium Next batteries will be designed, manufactured, assembled, integrated and tested in Saft’s facility in Poitiers, France.

The first deliveries to Thales Alenia Space will be in December 2012, the battery systems will then be delivered over a four-year schedule.

Iridium Next is scheduled to start launching in 2015.