LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PRODUCED BY SAFT in Bordeaux, France, are replacing traditional nickel hydrogen ones in some satellites and UAVs. Li-ion batteries are 30% lighter than nickel hydrogen ones, take less space, generate less heat and give more power. The nickel hydrogen batteries being replaced weigh nearly 600 lb., roughly one-quarter of the satellite's weight. Eutelsat W3A, launched in March, was the first to use li-ion batteries. Hispasat's Amazonas telecom and broadcast satellite ...


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