Orbital Orders Additional Battery Sets for Cygnus

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Dulles, Va.-based spacecraft and rocket builder Orbital Sciences Corp. ordered five more flight sets of batteries for its Cygnus space station resupply vehicle from GS Yuasa Lithium Power Inc. (GYLP), the Roswell, Ga.-based battery maker said in a July 16 press release. The LSE190 rechargeable lithium ion batteries Orbital ordered will be used for missions four through eight of the NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract. GYLP delivered batteries in 2011 for Orbital’s upcoming Cygnus demonstration flight and first three Cargo Resupply Services missions.

The financial terms of the follow-on order were not released. Orbital holds a $1.9 billion contract to fly eight international space station resupply missions for NASA through 2016.

GYLP said it will make its initial delivery under this contract during the fourth quarter of this year with additional deliveries through 2014.