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Navy launches first Quallion lithium-ion battery into orbit

Business: Company official calls event a milestone

Posted: September 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

One of Quallion’s lithium-ion batteries was scheduled to be launched into orbit this morning sometime between 7:49 and 8:59 a.m. by the U.S. Department of Navy.

A lithium-ion battery manufacturer, Quallion spokesperson said this is the company’s first battery to go into orbit, making it a milestone for the company.

Quallion is also relocating to Santa Clarita sometime in February 2012. The company plans to move into the Mann Biomedical Park.

The battery fuels a tactical satellite, which will  enable “warfighters” to use a regular handheld radio for mobile communications without having to stop and set up an antenna in the field.

Once up in the air, the satellite is expected to begin transmitting data 30 days later, eliminating downtime and maintaining connectivity for Navy and Marine Corps troops to the their bases of operations at all times, said John Moniz, a program officer for the Office of Naval Research.

Quallion was co-founded in 1998 by Alfred E. Mann and Dr. Hisashi Tsukamoto.  Tsukamoto was one of the first people in the battery field to propose a lithium-ion-based power system in the 1980s.

Quallion said the launch can be viewed online at  www.livestream.com/spaceflightnow.

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