. 24/7 Space News .
Elkem's Silgrain Powering Space Exploration and Research
by Staff Writers
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) May 15, 2019

illustration only

Elkem is a world-leading supplier of specialised silicon materials to a range of industries, including aluminum, electronics, silicone chemicals, polysilicon, construction, refractories and oilfield. The speciality product Silgrain has become an essential part of key advanced products such as batteries used in a variety of aerospace applications.

EaglePicher Technologies is the leading provider of battery solutions for U.S. space missions. EaglePicher has powered launch vehicles, satellites, landers, and manned and unmanned missions since the beginning of the U.S. space program. In fact, EaglePicher batteries have over 2.6 billion cell hours in space without a mission failure.

EaglePicher's non-rechargeable thermal batteries were successfully used on the landing systems of the Mars Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, the InSight lander and will be used on the upcoming Mars 2020 mission. Thermal batteries can be designed for storage of 20 plus years and provide extremely high-power outputs over a short period of time in extreme environments.

These features make them ideal for supplying the electrical power requirements to the critical deployment of landing subsystems during the entry, descent and landing phases of a mission. Elkem's Silgrain has been used exclusively by EaglePicher for more than ten years in the production of their thermal batteries.

"Silicon materials from Elkem are an integral component in EaglePicher thermal battery designs. In January 2019, we completed a delivery of thermal batteries that will support the Mars 2020 mission. As a key supplier, Elkem Silgrain was used in these batteries", said Ron Nowlin, Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Systems.

Elkem is proud of its long-term relationship with EaglePicher which is taking Silgrain produced in Norway far beyond our terrestrial boundaries in the pursuit of knowledge about one of Earth's closest planetary neighbour.

"Elkem appreciates its long-term relationship with EaglePicher and recognises their contribution to mankind's search for knowledge through the peaceful exploration of space. Elkem is proud to be a part of this effort through the dependable supply of Silgrain used in EaglePicher's thermal battery systems", says Senior Vice President, Elkem Silicon Materials, Trond Saeterstad.

Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

NASA Awards PathFinder Digital Contract to Study Free Space Optics
Sanford FL (SPX) May 01, 2019
PathFinder Digital was awarded a contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the feasibility of developing a transportable research and test platform to facilitate the design of Free Space Optic (FSO) satellite networks. The study focuses on the development of Optical Ground Stations (OGS) and their interoperability to Optical Space Terminals (OST). The study also focuses on the development of atmospheric mitigation techniques such as site diversity, cognitive net ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

NASA awards ATLAS Space Operations space operations partnership

LightSail 2 set to launch next month

Robotics used to restore full power for the Space Station

High-tech supremacy at stake in US-China trade war

Air Force releases proposal request for the Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement Contract

Rocket Lab to launch rideshare mission for Spaceflight

Rocket Crafters Chooses RUAG Space as Preferred Supplier

SpinLaunch Breaks Ground for New Test Facility at Spaceport America

Why this Martian full moon looks like candy

For InSight, dust cleanings will yield new science

New water cycle on Mars discovered

Lockheed Martin completes testing milestone for Mars 2020 heat shield

China's Yuanwang-7 departs for space monitoring missions

China's tracking ship Yuanwang-2 starts new mission after retirement

China to build moon station in 'about 10 years'

China to enhance international space cooperation

Airbus to build multimission satellite for MEASAT

Maxar Technologies to receive full insurance payout for WorldView-4 loss

New space race to bring satellite internet to the world

LeoSat's commercial traction accelerates to hit US$2B milestone

Physicists propose perfect material for lasers

Discovery may lead to new materials for next-generation data storage

Researchers create 'force field' for super materials

Gold helps CT scans pick up the finest surface structures

Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks may push super-Earths close to their stars

Rare-Earth metals in the atmosphere of a glowing-hot exoplanet

Cosmic dust reveals new insights on the formation of solar system

Planetary Habitability? It's What's Inside That Counts

Brazilian scientists investigate dwarf planet's ring

Next-Generation NASA Instrument Advanced to Study the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

Public Invited to Help Name Solar System's Largest Unnamed World

Europa Clipper High-Gain Antenna Undergoes Testing

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.