Sion Power is a world leader in lightweight, high energy, rechargeable Li-S battery technology. Airbus Defence and Space’s mission is to create innovative, effective space and defence solutions and services. A recent announcement from Airbus Defence and Space shows a new three-year collaborative between the two companies. This agreement will
The agreement provides for Sion Power to enhance and supply proprietary lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries for use in Airbus Defence and Space’s unmanned Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) aircraft.
The Zephyr 7 is a large, fixed wing, unmanned aircraft. The wingspan of the Zephyr 7 is 70 feet. Powered by Sion Power batteries, it holds the record for longest flight without refueling or landing. The Zephyr 7 which used solar power during the day, and Sion Power batteries at night, flew for over 14 days. This is just one of three records it holds.
Whats next for the Zephyr program? Thanks to this new collaboration, the Zephyr 8 aircraft (which is even larger than the Zephyr 7) will use custom Li-S battery packs. For an aircraft that is already at the front of the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) area, this upgrade will widen the gap between the Zephyr and its competitors.
The battery packs utilize Sion’s unique, high specific energy Li-S technology and provide 350 Wh/kg. The Li-S battery packs are engineered to minimize total pack weight. Advanced electronic controls maintain battery conditions throughout the flights.
“We are extremely pleased and honored to collaborate with Airbus on advancing its strategically important HAPS program while building on the Airbus/Sion Power relationship established several years ago. Our experience working together has gained important momentum as Airbus Defence and Space program continues to lead the industry supplying advanced HAPS aircraft.” said John Kopera, Sion Power’s Vice President, Commercial Operations. Dr. Dennis Mangino, Sion Power CEO, added, “We are excited to be working with Airbus on this transformational program.”
The Zephyr has already been proven in a variety of challenging conditions, and Airbus Defence and Space has obtained permissions to fly these aircraft in both commercial and military situations.
Thomas Keupp, Vice President and Head of Portfolio Management at Airbus, stated, “Our collaboration with Sion Power will enhance Airbus Unmanned Aerial Pseudo-Satellite vehicles important to our extensive portfolio of aircraft products. Combining Airbus and Sion Power engineering expertise has proven to be a successful platform for our on-going success.”
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The Zephyr is definitely strong contender in the HAPS market.