New Batteries Keeping Hubble Space Telescope Functioning -- Warfare Center's Technology Extends Into Space Exploration

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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is reaching new heights by powering technology in orbit more than 380 miles above the Earth. During Servicing Mission 4, NASA astronauts completed the implementation of NSWC Crane verified batteries as well as other key parts for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to increase its operational lifespan. The servicing mission marked the final stage of testing and calibration for the Hubble Space Telescope, and a July 20 NASA update reported the spacecraft component of Hubble to be in "excellent shape" with the new NSWC Crane validated batteries providing more charging capacity than the batteries they replaced.

NASA came to NSWC Crane because of our expertise, value and unique on-site capabilities and facilities. We offer unbiased engineering analysis and independent tests and evaluations that give the customer the needed answers to their technical problems

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is reaching new heights by powering technology in orbit more than 380 miles above the Earth.

During Servicing Mission 4, NASA astronauts completed the implementation of NSWC Crane verified batteries as well as other key parts for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to increase its operational lifespan.

The servicing mission marked the final stage of testing and calibration for the Hubble Space Telescope, and a July 20 NASA update reported the spacecraft component of Hubble to be in "excellent shape" with the new NSWC Crane validated batteries providing more charging capacity than the batteries they replaced.

NSWC Crane's Strategic Missions Center performed critical lifecycle testing and engineering evaluations to validate batteries for the servicing mission for Hubble before its return to orbit.

"NASA came to NSWC Crane because of our expertise, value and unique on-site capabilities and facilities. We offer unbiased engineering analysis and independent tests and evaluations that give the customer the needed answers to their technical problems," said Kyle Denu, NSWC Crane's Missile and Aerospace branch manager.

Strategic Missions Center experts conducted lifecycle testing and Low Earth Orbit testing to determine the batteries could meet mission requirements. By utilizing NSWC Crane's testing capabilities, NASA avoided significant costs in procurement funds and eliminated a lengthy replacement and development schedule for additional batteries.

During the course of five spacewalks, Atlantis' astronauts repaired and upgraded key parts of the Hubble Space Telescope to extend the life of the orbiting observatory until at least 2014, according to the recent NASA report.

Atlantis' astronauts successfully installed the NSWC Crane validated batteries, installed two new instruments, repaired two others, replaced gyroscopes and added new thermal insulation panels to protect Hubble from its hostile environment.

NSWC Crane's Strategic Missions Center is home to the Department of Defense's largest collection of electrochemical power source resources and has been a recognized leader in battery technology for more than 50 years. NSWC Crane is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

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