Orbital ATK selects GS Yuasa, EaglePicher Technologies to power JPSS-2

Orbital ATK selects GS Yuasa, EaglePicher Technologies to power JPSS-2

Joint Polar Satellite System-2 will use lithium-ion cells manufactured by GS Yuasa Technology (GYT).

February 17, 2017
Manufacturing Group
Electrical/Electronic

Roswell, Georgia – Officials from GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GYLP), the U.S. subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corp. (GYC), and EaglePicher Technologies LLC, a VECTRA company, announced that Orbital ATK has selected EaglePicher to design and manufacture a battery with specifications to use lithium-ion cells manufactured by GS Yuasa Technology (GYT) to power the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.

GYLP will work with long-time partner EaglePicher to incorporate GYT's Gen III LSE134 lithium-ion cells into the battery system. GYLP and EaglePicher have partnered for more than a decade in numerous aerospace programs. The JPSS-2 battery is a 7.9kWh, 29.6V system that integrates EaglePicher's successful GEOStar-3 and ICESat-2 lithium ion battery platforms.

JPSS is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. In March 2016, NASA awarded Orbital ATK a contract to build up to three JPSS spacecraft. Satellites in the JPSS polar-orbiting constellation gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic conditions. JPSS delivers key information and images used for forecasting severe weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards and assessing environmental hazards such as droughts, forest fires, and air quality. The information obtained from satellites in the JPSS constellation will help to increase the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts and reduce the potential for property damage and loss of human life.

Source: EaglePicher Technologies LLC