Saft Contracted by Boeing to Provide Li-ion Batteries for New Small Platform GEO Satellites

  Saft Contracted by Boeing to Provide Li-ion Batteries for New Small Platform
  GEO Satellites

             Saft Batteries Provide Mission-Critical Performance
                and Benefits for New Communication Satellites

Business Wire

PARIS -- December 05, 2012

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced batteries for
industry, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Boeing to
build Li-ion battery packs for four new 702SP communications satellites. The
technology-rich “small platform” satellites, designed to operate in the 3- to
8-kilowatt power range, are being developed by Boeing for Asia Broadcast
Satellite (ABS) and Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex).

Boeing 702SP Satellite Program in Orbit (Photo: Business Wire)

Boeing 702SP Satellite Program in Orbit (Photo: Business Wire)

The first two satellites, ABS-3A and Satmex 7, are scheduled to be completed
by Boeing in early 2015 and launch together on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Saft
will deliver batteries in 2013-2014 from its Cockeysville, MD Space & Defense
Division factory. This is the first order for Boeing’s 702SP satellite
program.

Saft will deliver multiple battery cells for each satellite. Each battery
contains high-energy lithium-ion cells and modules with the batteries
supplying 8kW of on-board power during its 15-year life. This battery power is
delivered primarily during the two 45-day eclipse periods each year while in
GEO satellite orbit.

This is the fourth order from Boeing for commercial satellite batteries since
signing a long-term agreement with Saft in 2009. This new order increases
Saft’s current GEO satellite programs to more than 60. The projects will also
add to Saft’s total kilowatt hours in space and further establish the heritage
of the high energy battery packs, which are used to power the Boeing 702
satellite programs (including Intelsat, Inmarsat, SkyTerra and MEXSAT).

The Boeing 702SP is engineered to be affordable and adaptable, equipped with
next-generation technology and avionics designed to enhance performance,
simplify operations and streamline access to critical data. Each satellite
will weigh in the range of 1,900 to 2,100 kilograms yet will carry the payload
of a much larger platform. Saft’s lightweight batteries contribute to the
weight savings, allowing for two of these small satellites to be launched on a
single rocket.

“Our long-term relationship with Boeing enables us to make mission-critical
contributions to space technologies that provide dramatic benefits to the
customer,” said Tom Alcide, General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group,
adding, “Saft is extremely pleased to be developing innovative solutions in a
marketplace with unlimited potential.”

About Saft

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics’ markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defense batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft’s 4,000 employees
present in 19 countries, together with its 16 manufacturing sites and
extensive sales network, all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for
the future. For more information, visit Saft at www.saftbatteries.com.

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Contact:

Press Contacts:
Saft Corporate Communications and Institutional Relations Director
Jill Ledger, +33 1 49 93 17 77
jill.ledger@saftbatteries.com
or
U.S. Press contact:
French/West/Vaughan
Chris Shigas, 919-277-1167
cshigas@fwv-us.com
 
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