Saft, the self acclaimed world leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, signed a five-year extension to a framework agreement to supply lithium-ion battery systems to JSC ISS, Russia’s largest commercial satellite company, at the Paris Airshow last week.
The contract further extends the agreement originally signed in 2010. It covers the development and supply of lithium-ion battery systems for GEO (geostationary earth orbit) commercial telecommunications satellites based on the Express platform. The contract extension further cements the relationship between Saft and JSC ISS which started in 2008.
The Saft onboard Li-ion battery systems will ensure reliable operation of the Express GEO satellites during the satellites’ twice-yearly eclipse periods. The Express battery systems utilise Saft’s VES 180 cells, which have a high specific energy capability for optimum energy storage without increasing the satellite’s all-up weight.
“The extension to the framework agreement demonstrates the strength of Saft’s long term relationship with JSC ISS and highlights Saft’s reputation as a battery supplier with proven capability to delivery high performance and totally reliable batteries for the space industry,” said Serge Fouilhaux, Saft’s General Director for Space and Defence.