Saft wins $9 million Li-ion contract for multi-satellite program

Cockeysville, United States - Sep 1, 2009 - Saft recently received a long-term order to supply lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for six new satellites. The $9 million contract is for batteries with Saft's VL 48E (48Ah) cells, which are specifically configured to meet the satellites' bus size and power needs for space missions.

"Saft pioneered the use of Li-ion batteries for satellites and our technology has gained a strong reputation for performance and reliability within the space industry," said Thomas Alcide, general manager of Saft's Special Battery Group. "This new contract is for a U.S. Government satellite program and further positions Saft as a leader in Li-ion battery technology."

Saft's rechargeable Li-ion batteries will power the satellites during eclipse seasons when the spacecraft is blocked from the sun, resulting in significant energy and weight savings for the satellite over previous battery technologies. The battery features a high specific energy (150 kW/kg) and is qualified to provide power throughout the full life of the satellite. Saft's space Li-ion technology has long been used in space applications such as satellites, launchers, space vehicles, probes, power tools, and planetary rovers.

About Saft
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry.
Saft batteries are used in high performance applications, such as industrial infrastructure and processes,
transportation, space and defense. Saft is the world's leading manufacturer of nickel-cadmium batteries for
industrial applications and of primary lithium batteries for a wide range of end markets. The group is also
the European leader for specialized advanced technologies for the defense and space industries. With
approximately 4,000 employees worldwide, Saft is present in 18 countries. Its 15 manufacturing sites and
extensive sales network enable the group to serve its customers worldwide. Saft is listed in the SBF 120
index on the Paris Stock Market.
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