Press Releases from ABSL Space web site http://www.abslspaceproducts.com ABSL Space Products, where space heritage, innovation and a proven delivery track record come together to produce market-leading products for the space power, optical instrument, antenna and other space equipment markets around the world. Copyright 2010 ABSL Space 60 ABSL Celebrates Being the First Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturer to Achieve 100 Spacecraft Launches READING, Pa., Nov. 25, 2013-- EnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announces that its lithium-ion space battery business, ABSL Space Products (ABSL), is the first lithium-ion space battery supplier to reach 100 launches. On November 22, 2013, the 100th spacecraft launched into space with ABSL lithium-ion batteries on board and successfully achieved orbit.

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Swarm mission, ABSL’s 100thlithium-ion launch, comprises three identical satellites in near-polar low Earth orbit (LEO), which will study the effects of the Earth’s dynamic and changing magnetic field and the impact that has on our environment.

ABSL is proud of its involvement in Swarm and the important data that the mission will deliver. Equally important as the 100thlaunch, ABSL has powered an impressive list of missions starting with ESA’s Project for On-board Autonomy (PROBA) in 2001, the longest running lithium-ion powered mission at 12 years. Since then ABSL has built an enviable record of designing, developing and supplying some of the most exciting scientific and commercial space projects in the past decade. 

ABSL’s dedicated engineering capability has enabled it to provide mission critical designs for a wide variety of spacecraft. Whether it be experiments on the International Space Station, Low Earth Orbit remote sensing, GPS systems, interplanetary probes and keeping NASA astronauts alive, ABSL batteries have met requirements and delivered reliable power

Key ABSL milestones include:

·        The first space flight battery manufacturer to qualify lithium-ion cells for space flight

·        The first lithium-ion battery to orbit earth (ESA’s PROBA 1)

·        The first lithium-ion battery to orbit Mars (ESA’s Mars Express)

·        The first lithium-ion battery to orbit Venus (ESA’s Venus Express)

·        The first lithium-ion battery to power a NASA spacecraft (NASA’s ST-5)

·        The first lithium-ion battery to provide power for astronaut life support (NASA’s EMU)

·        The first lithium-ion battery to power a comet probe (ESA’s Rosetta)

·        Powering NASA’s return to the moon (NASA’s LRO & LCROSS)

In achieving this landmark Richard W. Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys, said “I am proud that ABSL has provided batteries for the Swarm mission and it is especially important given that it marks our 100thsuccessful launch. I would like to thank everyone in our business and our valued customers for creating such a successful and impressive heritage”.

The ability to achieve this milestone is thanks to the unparalleled understanding of Li-ion cells that comes from countless hours of cell testing. This knowledge underpins the drive for engineering excellence that is reflected in the way solutions are developed closely with customers, and can balance demanding requirements, from deep discharges to long cycle life, and unique battery shapes and packaging to intense vibration environments.

ABSL is very satisfied to reach the first 100th launch milestone. With a strong customer base and new technology in development, ABSL is looking forward to achieving the next 100 missions.

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=13NewsMon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL Space Products Lithium-ion Battery Outlasts Satellite Mission GoalREADING, Pa., June 25, 2012 -- EnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, and its Longmont, Colorado based ABSL Space Products (ABSL) business announced that the Lithium-ion battery built for the Tactical Satellite-3 (TacSat-3) performed nearly three times its planned mission life before the satellite de-orbited on 30 April.
ABSL was selected by ATK [NYSE: ATK] to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a Lithium-ion battery for the TacSat-3 spacecraft bus which was designed and built by ATK. ABSL’s battery was responsible for powering the satellite during eclipse and peak mission load conditions. The TacSat-3 spacecraft bus was designed for one year of operational goal but the satellite exceeded that goal by nearly two years.
TacSat-3 is a forerunner to the Operationally Responsive Space program (ORS). ABSL also provided the Lithium-ion space battery to ATK for the ORS-1 mission. TacSat-3 was designed to meet the various needs of the United States military forces. ABSL’s Lithium-ion battery was a key component in the success of the onboard satellite operations, which exceeded the original mission life goal.
“ABSL is excited to see its Lithium-ion battery outperform the mission requirements for TacSat-3,” said Richard Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys®. “ABSL is proud to be a part of the satellite’s success and to work with ATK to complete this mission for our armed forces. “ ]]>
http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=12NewsTue, 26 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL Space Products Awarded JPSS-1 Satellite Lithium-Ion Battery ContractEnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announced that its Longmont, Colorado based ABSL Space Products (ABSL) business has been awarded the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellite Lithium-ion battery contract.


ABSL was selected by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [NYSE: BLL] to design, fabricate, test, and deliver Lithium-ion batteries for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) JPSS-1 satellite. The JPSS-1 spacecraft is being procured by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on behalf of NOAA. The batteries will build on ABSL’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) spacecraft battery heritage to provide critical power to the JPSS-1 satellite during all phases of mission operation.


“ABSL is pleased to be working together on this critical national weather and climate system mission with Ball Aerospace,” said Richard Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys®. “ABSL’s relationship with Ball Aerospace began half a decade ago when Ball awarded ABSL the contract for Ball’s first Lithium-ion spacecraft battery for NASA’s Kepler mission. Today is another milestone for our Lithium-ion battery product line and we are proud to provide our Lithium-ion spacecraft battery expertise for a key component of our civil polar-orbiting weather satellite system”.


During JPSS-1’s 7-year on-orbit mission, the ABSL battery will provide 28-Volt bus power for eclipse and peak power operations during its Low Earth Orbit. The ABSL JPSS-1 spacecraft battery is designed for a minimum of 36,500 orbital charge/discharge cycles after being subjected to the intense vibration stresses imposed during launch and separation into orbit. ABSL’s heritage battery technology is proven to produce the most reliable Lithium-ion batteries available for space flight. ABSL has powered 85 spacecraft launched to date with over 48,000 cell years of space operation without failure.


JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). This includes the satellites and sensors that support civil weather and climate measurements, as well as a common ground system. This polar-orbiting satellite will observe Earth from space and collect and disseminate data on Earth’s weather, atmosphere, oceans, land, and near-space environment as well as monitor the entire planet for long-range weather and climate forecasts.

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=11NewsSun, 12 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT
EnerSys ABSL Batteries Used in Space Shuttle Endeavour Mission SpacewalksEnerSys’ ABSL batteries used in space shuttle Endeavour mission spacewalks

LONGMONT, CO., June 6, 2011 -- EnerSys (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announces that its recently acquired ABSL Space Products (ABSL) business provided a key component for the most recent astronaut spacewalks. ABSL batteries powered the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) during Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) or spacewalks during the docking of the shuttle Endeavour shortly after Endeavour’s May 16, 2011 launch.

Four of ABSL’s high energy density Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) long life battery assemblies were delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) by the space shuttle Discovery on February 24, 2011, in preparation of the most recent spacewalks. Four successful spacewalks were conducted, with one EMU per spacewalk powered by ABSL’s Li-Ion battery. The ABSL batteries supplied all the power needed to support functionality of the EMU.

ABSL’s battery assemblies replaced older silver zinc battery technology that had been previously used in the EMUs. ABSL’s high energy density batteries approach >190Wh/kg at cell-level, more than double that of the older silver zinc batteries, thus improving performance.

Battery power sources for manned space missions require a high priority on safety. ABSL’s high performance batteries are designed with multiple levels of redundancy that can maintain functionality under various failure scenarios in order to ensure safety is not compromised.

ABSL was the first battery manufacturer to qualify Li-Ion cells for space flight more than a decade ago and was the first to deliver a Li-Ion battery to orbit. ABSL continues with this tradition of battery heritage, innovation and product delivery by once again being the first to provide man-rated Li-Ion high energy density batteries to the ISS. ABSL designs, manufactures, and tests all of its batteries for the US market from its Longmont, Colorado facility. Additionally, ABSL Serves the European market through its facility in Oxfordshire, UK.

Manned space walk

Manned space walk form the exterior of the International Space Station. Photo: NASA

Space Shuttle Endeavour Sails To Home Port For Final Time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour and its six-astronaut crew sailed home for the final time, ending a 16-day journey of more than 6.5 million miles with a landing at 2:34 a.m. EDT on Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Mark Kelly commanded the flight and was joined by Pilot Greg H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and the European Space Agency's Roberto Vittori. Endeavour delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), beginning a scientific voyage of discovery to our solar system and beyond from the International Space Station. By measuring cosmic rays, AMS is designed to help researchers understand the origin of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter, strange matter and antimatter. Endeavour also delivered the Express Logistics Carrier-3, a platform carrying spare parts that will sustain space station operations once the shuttles are retired from service. The astronauts performed four spacewalks to maintain station systems and install new components.

These were the last scheduled spacewalks by shuttle crew members and brought the final number of shuttle excursions to 164. During 159 spacewalks for assembly and maintenance of the space station, astronauts and cosmonauts have spent a total of 1,002 hours and 37 minutes outside.
(Excerpts from June 01, 2011 NASA RELEASE : 11-173) (http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/jun/HQ_11-173_STS-134_Lands.html)

About EnerSys: EnerSys, the world leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, chargers, power equipment, and battery accessories to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including aerospace and defense systems. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

For more information, contact Richard Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys, P.O. Box 14145, Reading, PA 19612-4145, USA. Tel: 800-538-3627; Website: http://www.enersys.com.

About ABSL: ABSL is a world leader in the supply of Lithium-Ion batteries for space applications with contracts for more than one hundred spacecraft and launch vehicle batteries. ABSL supplied the first rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery flown in space, and now over sixty spacecraft are flying powered by ABSL Lithium-Ion battery technology.

ABSL has production facilities in Longmont, Colorado; Culham, England; and Thurso, Scotland. The Longmont facility services U.S. customers and the United Kingdom facilities service the rest of the world. ABSL has a global customer base and has successfully executed major contracts with major prime manufacturers in North America, Europe and the rest of the world. ABSL has highly varied space energy storage capability having delivered primary, secondary, high power, high energy and high voltage solutions to the space industry. ABSL has demonstrated in orbit the most reliable Lithium-Ion products currently available for the space market by accumulating over 37,000 cell years of space operation without failure.

ABSL has been active in the space industry since the 1960’s. During the 1980’s ABSL was the largest non-US subcontractor to the United States Strategic Development Initiative (SDI). More recently effort has been focused on ABSL power and optical products, including infrared calibration systems.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding EnerSys' plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements identified by words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “will” or words of similar meaning.

These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies many of which are beyond our control. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by EnerSys on its website or otherwise. EnerSys does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date such forward-looking statement is made.

Although EnerSys does not make forward-looking statements unless it believes it has a reasonable basis for doing so, EnerSys cannot guarantee their accuracy. The foregoing factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. For a list of other factors which could affect EnerSys’ results, including safety of our products, see EnerSys’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," including "Forward-Looking Statements," set forth in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended January 2, 2011. No undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements.

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=9NewsThu, 16 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT
EnerSys Acquires Lithium Battery BusinessEnerSys (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announced today that it has purchased the lithium-ion battery business, ABSL Power Solutions Ltd. ("ABSL") from CIP Industries L.P. Incorporated, which was represented by XMS Capital Partners in the transaction.

 

ABSL has been supplying lithium-ion cells and batteries for defense and aerospace applications in Europe and the United States since 2000 drawing on the scientific and industrial traditions of the United Kingdom's AEA Technology, which formed the business in the 1970s. With annual revenues in excess of $30 million, ABSL has supplied batteries for over 70 space satellite systems along with instrumentation systems for various space missions. Additionally, ABSL batteries are used by soldiers around the world in portable communication systems. ABSL has operations in Longmont, Colorado; Thurso, Scotland and Culham, England.

"This acquisition is another step in our strategy to diversify our technology base and strengthen our prior investments in lithium systems to meet the needs of our customers," said John D. Craig, chairman, president and chief executive officer of EnerSys. "EnerSys continues to seek opportunities that offer profitable growth in our chosen markets. We believe that lithium batteries will be a significant growth engine for EnerSys in the coming years, complementing the growth of our existing business in lead and nickel based batteries."

Sanjay Deshpande, senior vice president for EnerSys Advanced Systems, who will manage the acquired business, added "EnerSys greatly values the experience and talent within ABSL. We will leverage these along with our existing lithium expertise to accelerate our development of advanced and effective lithium solutions for our customers."

About EnerSys: EnerSys, the world leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, chargers, power equipment, and battery accessories to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including aerospace and defense systems. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

Website: http://www.enersys.com

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, (i) statements regarding EnerSys' plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "will" or words of similar meaning; and (ii) statements about the benefits of the ABSL acquisition, including any impact on our financial and operating results and estimates, and any impact on EnerSys' market position that may be realized from the acquisition.

These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies many of which are beyond our control. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: (1) our ability to successfully integrate the ABSL business; (2) the possibility that EnerSys may not realize revenue benefits from the acquired businesses within expected time frames; (3) operating costs and business disruption following the acquisition , including possible adverse effects on relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; and (4) competition may adversely affect the acquired businesses and result in customer loss. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by EnerSys on its website or otherwise. EnerSys does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date such forward-looking statement is made.

Although EnerSys does not make forward-looking statements unless it believes it has a reasonable basis for doing so, EnerSys cannot guarantee their accuracy. The foregoing factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. For a list of other factors which could affect EnerSys' results, including earnings estimates, see EnerSys' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," including "Forward-Looking Statements," set forth in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended January 2, 2011. No undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements.

SOURCE EnerSys

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=8NewsTue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL Space Products is Chosen by Lockheed Martin to Deliver Lithium-ion Batteries for the GeoEye-2 E
Longmont, CO. ABSL Space Products, the world leader in Lithium-ion batteries for space flight applications has been selected by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Company to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a test battery and quad-module Lithium-ion battery for the GeoEye-2 spacecraft over a 20-month contract period. The batteries will build on ABSL’s CryoSat-2 satellite and Earth Observation System (THEOS) spacecraft battery heritage to provide critical power solutions to the GeoEye-2 satellite during all phases of mission operation
 
During GeoEye-2’s 7-year on-orbit mission, each ABSL battery will provide 28V bus power for eclipse operations as well as peak power imaging operations during it sun-synchronous orbit. It is projected there will be more than 38,000 cycles throughout the life of the mission. ABSL’s battery heritage technology is proven to produce the most reliable Lithium-ion batteries available for space flight with 70 spacecraft launched and over 29,000 cell years of space operation without failure.
 

ABSL’s highly specialized and dedicated team consistently meet the performance and mission requirements for all battery designs. “ABSL is pleased to be working together on a long Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mission with Lockheed Martin. A decade ago, Lockheed Martin aided us in setting up our long term life tests, which have proven the reliability of Lithium-ion for a LEO mission of this length.” said Kevin Schrantz, ABSL’s Sales Manager.

 Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company was chosen to design and build the GeoEye-2 satellite on Mar. 11, 2010 by GeoEye, a Dulles, Virginia-based company with operations in Thornton, Colorado. The next generation GeoEye-2 satellite will be capable of resolving images on the Earth’s surface within 0.33 meters at Nadir (with 652 km orbit); a level of accuracy currently unavailable by any existing commercial imaging satellite. The GeoEye-2 satellite will be launched in early 2013 aboard an Atlas V rocket provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

Please visit www.lockheedmartin.com/products/geoeye2/ or www.abslspaceproducts.com

 

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=7NewsTue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL Awarded Multi-million Dollar Contract by NASA
Longmont, CO. ABSL Space Products, the world leader in Lithium-ion batteries for space flight applications has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on June 14, 2010. The contract award is for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS), one of four NASA Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) missions. The two-year MMS mission will employ four identical spacecraft designed to take unique measurements of the Earth’s magnetosphere in an effort to study magnetic reconnection, the phenomenon when energy from a magnetic field is converted to heat and kinetic energy in the form of charged particle acceleration. The spacecraft will orbit in a tightly controlled tetrahedral formation that will lead the way for other constellation-type missions. The MMS mission is scheduled to launch in August 2014.

Over the duration of a thirty nine month contract, ABSL will manage the design, fabrication, testing, and delivery of four integration and test batteries plus four space flight Lithium-ion batteries from its facility in Longmont, Colorado. ABSL’s MMS Lithium-ion battery design will build on the company’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) battery heritage. Each of the four rechargeable 68 Ah space flight batteries will power one of the MMS spacecraft during pre-launch, launch, and post-launch activities. Once in orbit, each battery will provide 28 V bus power for 4 hours, while the spacecraft are in the eclipse period of their elliptical orbit. It is projected there will be 900 charge/discharge cycles throughout the life of the mission. ABSL’s battery heritage technology is proven to produce the most reliable Lithium-ion batteries available for space flight with 63 spacecraft launched and over 26,000 cell years of space operation without failure.

ABSL’s highly specialized and dedicated team consistently meet the performance and mission requirements for all battery designs. “ABSL is proud to continue our strong relationship with NASA, through the MMS contract”, said Larry Suedmeier, ABSL Project Manager. “To be able to supply mission critical hardware to NASA for one of the STP missions is an incredible opportunity. It’s great to be part of a mission that will help to improve our understanding of space weather, and how it affects our daily lives.”]]>
http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=6NewsMon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT
Boulder County on the Charge in the Search of EarthABSL Space Products (ABSL) today celebrates the successful launch of the NASA Kepler spacecraft on a Delta II rocket. The spacecraft, which will hunt for planets the size of our own Earth in other solar systems, is powered by ABSL Lithium-ion batteries. To date, planets more typical of our gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn have been observed. Kepler will open the door to finding new worlds that are much more likely to potentially harbor life.

ABSL builds space batteries in Longmont and is the world leader in Lithium-ion spacecraft and launch vehicle batteries with more than fifty launches and contracts from customers on five continents. The Kepler spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace and Space Technologies (BATC) of Boulder. The Colorado space economy is the second largest in the USA with Boulder County contributing a major portion of this business. “Today is another milestone for our Lithium-ion battery product line and we are proud of the technical achievements of the people of Boulder County, said Chris Pearson, ABSL Vice President. “ABSL worked closely with Ball Aerospace to successfully integrate Kepler’s spacecraft batteries through handling, integration, test, and shipment, and was acknowledged by the customer for its performance.”

ABSL is looking forward to the launches of the next NASA spacecraft to be powered by their batteries. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellites (LCROSS) will be launched this Summer from Florida on an Atlas V vehicle produced in Littleton. LRO and LCROSS will be NASA’s first mission to the moon in over a decade. Currently being built in the ABSL Longmont facility are batteries to power astronaut spacesuits during spacewalks as well a number of spacecraft and launch vehicle batteries.

For media information please contact:

Chris Pearson
T: (+1) 303-241-1229
e-mail: chris.pearson@abslspace.com

Notes To Editors:

ABSL Space Products (formerly AEA Technology Space)
ABSL Space Products is the world leader in the supply of Lithium-ion batteries for space applications with contracts for more than one hundred spacecraft and launch vehicles. ABSL supplied the first rechargeable Lithium-ion battery flown in space, and now over fifty spacecraft are flying powered by ABSL Lithium-ion battery technology.

ABSL has built up a global customer base, winning major contracts from NASA, ESA, and major prime manufacturers in North America, Europe and the rest of the world. ABSL has highly varied space energy storage capability having delivered primary, secondary, high power, high energy and high voltage solutions to the space industry.

ABSL has demonstrated in orbit the most reliable Lithium-ion products currently available for the space market by accumulating over 15,000 cell years of space operation without failure.

ABSL has been active in the space industry since the 1960s during the early days of ion-thruster development. During the 1980s, ABSL was the largest non-US subcontractor to the United States Strategic Development Initiative (SDI). More recently, effort has been focused on its power and optical products, such as LIDAR and infrared calibration systems.

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=4NewsSun, 07 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL Space Products Eyes the SunABSL Space Products, a manufacturer of Lithium-ion rechargeable space batteries, celebrates the successful launch of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft on an Atlas V 401 rocket.

LONGMONT, Colorado (Date 11 February 2010) – ABSL Space Products, a manufacturer of Lithium-ion rechargeable space batteries, celebrates the successful launch of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft on an Atlas V 401 rocket. The spacecraft will be positioned in a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), and is powered by ABSL Lithium-ion batteries. SDO will study the sun to help scientists understand the sun’s energy production mechanisms, the interior workings of the sun, and the ways in which energy is stored and released in the sun’s atmosphere.

ABSL’s Lithium-ion battery provides power for the satellite’s flight and scientific instrumentation as the spacecraft travels though the bi-yearly eclipse phases of its geosynchronous orbit over SDO’s 12 year mission goal. SDO will carry ABSL’s largest single module battery flown to date and utilizes ABSL’s heritage architecture to deliver a three deck unit providing 4.5kWh of energy through a 28 volt system.

ABSL’s Lithium-ion space flight experience surpasses every other battery vendor, and the SDO mission is a major flight heritage milestone. The SDO battery is a crucial step for future ABSL business as ABSL continues to expand its Lithium-ion batteries into the commercial and government GEO spacecraft market. ABSL recently delivered Lithium-ion hardware for a United States Government GEO mission and is currently working on a second battery for the same customer. ABSL has already delivered batteries that will fly on Indian GEO spacecraft this year, and also recently received a contract to power a commercial communications GEO satellite.

David Curzon, Project Manager for the SDO Battery, stated “ABSL is very proud to have once again worked closely with NASA and supplied essential hardware in support of this key GEO mission. It is an honor and a privilege to have collaborated with GSFC in contributing to the success of this project.”

In addition to the SDO battery contract, ABSL has delivered four other Lithium-ion battery contracts for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Obiter (LRO) launched together in 2009 with Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) also powered by ABSL Lithium-ion batteries; Space Technology 5 spacecraft that was launched by NASA in 2006 and now is successfully completed; and Time History of Events Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) launched in 2007. ABSL recently kicked off the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) contract for GSFC which is one of ABSL largest capacity battery systems at over 350Ah.

Kevin Schrantz, ABSL Sales Manager said, “SDO marks ABSL’s longest GEO mission. SDO is rewarding from a technology standpoint as SDO is our largest capacity single module battery to date, but more importantly the SDO battery has paved the way for current and future ABSL GEO programs”.

For media information please contact:

United States
Kevin Schrantz
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80501
USA
(+1) 303.848.8078
kevin.schrantz@abslspace.com

Europe & Rest of the World
Europe & Rest of the World
Naseer Ahmed
Culham Science Centre
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3ED
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1865 408 705
naseer.ahmed@abslspace.com

Notes To Editors:

ABSL Space Products is the world leader in the supply of Lithium-ion batteries for space applications with contracts for more than one hundred spacecraft and launch vehicle batteries. ABSL supplied the first rechargeable Lithium-ion battery flown in space, and now sixty-one spacecraft are flying powered by ABSL Lithium-ion battery technology.

ABSL has production facilities in Longmont, Colorado and Culham, United Kingdom. The Longmont facility services U.S. customers and the United Kingdom facility services the rest of the world. ABSL has a global customer base and has successfully executed major contracts from NASA, ESA, and major prime manufacturers in North America, Europe and the rest of the world. ABSL has highly varied space energy storage capability having delivered primary, secondary, high power, high energy and high voltage solutions to the space industry.

ABSL has demonstrated in orbit the most reliable Lithium-ion products currently available for the space market by accumulating over 23,000 cell years of space operation without failure.

ABSL has been active in the space industry since the 1960’s during the early days of ion-thruster development. During the 1980’s, ABSL was the largest non-US subcontractor to the United States Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). More recently, effort has been focused on ABSL power and optical products, such as LIDAR and infrared and microwave calibration systems.

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=2NewsTue, 23 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL Power the Next Generaton of SSTL Disaster Monitoring SpacecraftOn Wednesday 29th July 2009 ABSL celebrated the successful launch of two SSTL Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) Spacecraft – UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1. The spacecraft were launched onboard a Dnepr rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of these two satellites has expanded the capability of the DMC, the world’s only space-based disaster monitoring system. ABSL lithium-ion battery modules power each of the spacecraft in their respective low earth orbits.

Deimos-1 was manufactured for Spanish customer Deimos Space while UK-DMC2 is owned by SSTL and will be operated by SSTL’s subsidiary, DMCii. These latest spacecraft continue SSTL’s rapid advances in innovative space solutions with each satellite having ten times the capability of the satellites launched just five years ago. In keeping with the payload advances, the two satellites are the first in the DMC to be powered by ABSL lithium-ion. Each satellite uses a 15Ah, 28V nominal ABSL lithium ion battery to provide power during eclipses. Using the ABSL 18650HC cell, the most characterised in the industry with over 55 launches, the 15Ah battery offers proven performance in a convenient package for small-satellite platforms.
ABSL Space Products General Manager – Nick Russel made the following comments:

“ABSL has been proud to work with SSTL over recent years, supplying lithium-ion hardware on successful projects such as GIOVE-A, CFESat and the Rapid Eye constellation. We are pleased that ABSL lithium-ion batteries are being used as part of this major upgrade to SSTL’s DMC platform. In coming years we look forward to helping maintain SSTL’s innovative approach by offering next generation lithium-ion hardware.”

The successful launch of UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1 comes shortly after the news that the GIOVE-A spacecraft mission had been extended beyond its design life for the second time. Launched in December 2005, GIOVE-A was the first Galileo spacecraft to be placed in orbit. ABSL provided a multiple module battery solution for the spacecraft and are pleased to be part of another successful SSTL platform operating far beyond its design life in a demanding MEO environment.

Further information on SSTL can be found at www.sstl.co.uk
Further information on DMCii can be round at www.dmcii.com 

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=5NewsThu, 20 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT
ABSL to Provide Battery for SGEO Commercial Geostationary Telecoms PlatformOn 18th June 2009 ABSL were awarded a high-profile, landmark contract to power OHB’s new, small geostationary satellite bus – SGEO. The contract, to supply lithium-ion batteries for the SGEO commercial geostationary telecoms platform, consolidates the development and validation work done at ABSL to demonstrate the capability of the company’s small-cell approach for longer-duration missions. The battery will provide power during eclipse seasons and for electric propulsion throughout the spacecraft’s fifteen year operational lifetime.

The SGEO platform is being built under the ARTES-11 programme with OHB-System of Germany installed as prime contractor. The SGEO platform provides a modular bus, whereby each satellite can be fitted individually in accordance with the customer’s specific requirements without any major modifications to the platform. To maintain this approach, ABSL have provided a modular battery solution. This approach allows the battery size to be scaled appropriately for each mission, thereby optimising electrical performance and battery mass.

The first SGEO mission will be launched in 2012 as “Hispasat Advanced Generation 1” with a payload used by the Spanish satellite operator Hispasat. The AG1 spacecraft will be placed in a geostationary orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometres where it will supply Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and America with multimedia services. AG1 will be integrated with Hispasat’s existing fleet of geostationary communication satellites.

Upon contract award Roger Dewell, Business Development Team Manager of ABSL Space Products made the following comments:

“This strategically important contract win places us at the forefront of advanced lithium-ion battery development, whether for shorter missions or, now, for long-term, high performance space missions. The acceptance by the wider space community of our simple, small cell approach is certainly gaining momentum, which is very rewarding in the current competitive environment. I’m certainly expecting to see further wins in this market sector as we further enhance our range of advanced power solutions, optimised for all types of satellite platform”

SGEO is the second major contract between OHB and ABSL. In 2006, ABSL were awarded the contract to supply batteries for the SAR-Lupe spacecraft constellation. The five-satellite constellation provides up to the minute radar images and is now fully operational in-orbit, performing successfully under the control of the German Strategic Reconnaissance Command.

For media information please contact:

Chris Pearson
T: (+1) 303-241-1229
e-mail: chris.pearson@abslspace.com

Notes To Editors:

ABSL Space Products (formerly AEA Technology Space)
ABSL Space Products is the world leader in the supply of Lithium-ion batteries for space applications with contracts for more than one hundred spacecraft and launch vehicles. ABSL supplied the first rechargeable Lithium-ion battery flown in space, and now over fifty spacecraft are flying powered by ABSL Lithium-ion battery technology.

ABSL has built up a global customer base, winning major contracts from NASA, ESA, and major prime manufacturers in North America, Europe and the rest of the world. ABSL has highly varied space energy storage capability having delivered primary, secondary, high power, high energy and high voltage solutions to the space industry.

ABSL has demonstrated in orbit the most reliable Lithium-ion products currently available for the space market by accumulating over 15,000 cell years of space operation without failure.

ABSL has been active in the space industry since the 1960s during the early days of ion-thruster development. During the 1980s, ABSL was the largest non-US subcontractor to the United States Strategic Development Initiative (SDI). More recently, effort has been focused on its power and optical products, such as LIDAR and infrared calibration systems.

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http://www.abslspaceproducts.com/default.aspx?press=3NewsFri, 26 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT