These satellites provide a wide range of voice and data services through an established global network of distributors and service providers. Each Inmarsat-5 satellite will carry 89 Kaband beams that will operate in geosynchronous orbit with flexible global coverage. Saft’s batteries will offer 15kW of onboard power for the satellites’ critical systems in a low-weight package. With up to 18 years of battery life, the rechargeable Li-ion batteries will ensure continuous, reliable operation of the satellites at times when the satellite and its solar panels are in eclipse.
“This additional order to the Boeing-Saft Long Term Agreement extends our heritage in space and further increases the 50+ satellites which have relied on Saft’s proven Li-ion technology,” said Thomas Alcide, general manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group and President, Saft America Inc. “We are pleased that Boeing once again trusted Saft’s expertise for the Inmarsat-5 program and we are confident our batteries will contribute to the mission’s success.”