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US Batteries with Atomic Layer Deposition Launched Aboard SpaceX

US-made batteries with Forge Nano’s Particle Atomic Layer Deposition (PALD) nanotechnology launched into orbit aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission. Forge Nano’s high-energy, Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries were launched aboard on June 20, 2021 and used 100 percent domestically sourced electrode materials from Pyrotek and Forge Nano.

Forge Nano’s Particle Atomic Layer Deposition (PALD) technology enables batteries to survive longer and perform better. PALD is applicable and cost-effective for most cathodes, anodes, separators, and solid-state battery materials.

The battery cells sent to space incorporated domestically sourced anode material from Pyrotek and cathode material from Forge Nano. The batteries were sent to space aboard a Spire Global®, Inc. LEMUR-2 satellite and will be electrically cycled in-orbit at specific Depth of Discharge (DOD) levels to determine their electrical performance in a space environment as part of the battery qualification process.

Original Release: PR Newswire

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