Orbital ATK has charged a pair of companies with powering a Mission Extension Vehicle the aerospace and defense contractor has under development.
MEV-1, set to launch in late 2018, is designed to dock at orbiting satellites in need of a propellant boost to extend service life. Orbital, based in Dulles, Va., aims eventually to establish a fleet of MEVs to service commercial and government satellites.
EaglePicher Technologies of Joplin, Mo., will design and manufacture an MEV battery system using GS Yuasa’s Gen III LSE110 lithium-ion cells. The cells are manufactured by GS Yuasa Lithium Power, a Roswell, Ga.- based subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corp. of Kyoto, Japan.
The companies, which unveiled the award Nov. 14, did not reveal financial details of the contract.
“This could very well be the next big market for commercial space, and we are proud to be part of it,” said Ron Nowlin, defense and aerospace vice president at EaglePicher.
“Winning another contract award with EaglePicher … demonstrates how cooperation between these technology leaders so often results in the most compelling value for our customers,” GS Yuasa Lithium Power president Bill Moll said.