EaglePicher’s Nickel Hydrogen Cells Provide Power for BSAT-3b Spacecraft
BSAT-3b comprises 12 130 W Ku-band channels (8 operating at one time) and will be located at 110 degrees East longitude. With a design life of 15 years, BSAT-3b is based on the A2100A platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), Newtown, Pa.
“We’re excited to be a part of B-SAT’s HD broadcast services,” said Randy Moore, president of EaglePicher Technologies. “Our nickel hydrogen cells and batteries have been at the forefront of the industry for decades, and this latest project is further testament to the reliability and quality of our products.”
EaglePicher’s nickel hydrogen batteries and cells have successfully powered more than 450 space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope where the batteries have lasted four times longer than the projected lifespan. In addition to Hubble, EaglePicher batteries and cells have supported the International Space Station, Lunar Rover, Apollo, Gemini and Mercury. In all, EaglePicher nickel hydrogen products have logged, more than 1.4 billion hours in space without a single mission failure.