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

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

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

Paris - December 5, 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).

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 1 5-year life. This battery power is delivered
primarily during the two 45-day eclipse periods each year while in GEO satellite

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

"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

Press Contacts:
Jill Ledger, Saft Corporate Communications and Institutional Relations Director
Tel.: +33 1 49 93 17 77, e-mail:

U.S. Press contact: Chris Shigas, French/West/Vaughan 
Tel.: 919-277-1167, e-mail:


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