September 29, 2017, | News Brief | GS Yuasa Lithium Power has announced that GS Yuasa Technology’s lithium ion (Li-ion) cells have surpassed 3.0 MWh of energy storage in orbit. GS Yuasa lithium ion cells have now been flown on more than 150 spacecraft supporting commercial communication, remote sensing, scientific, defense, and multiple human rated applications.
Unlike commercial cells all GS Yuasa Li-ion space cell and chemistry performance attributes are optimized exclusively for the unique environments and duty cycles imposed by spaceflight. The ability to configure a battery system with cells of this pedigree allows GS Yuasa to deliver solutions in support of critical missions without having to oversize the battery to meet design life requirements exceeding 18 years. The resulting high specific-power batteries help customers to meet power system mass targets and reduce launch costs while minimizing program insurance costs.