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Starry Sky

Spacecraft Lithium-Ion
Battery Power Systems


Thomas P. Barrera

Authored by internationally recognized experts in all aspects of lithium-ion battery (LIB) energy storage power systems, Spacecraft Lithium-Ion Battery Power Systems is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of the broad area of spacecraft lithium-ion battery (LIB) power systems technology. The work emphasizes the technical aspects across the entire lifecycle of spacecraft LIBs including the requirements, design, manufacturing, testing, and safety engineering principles needed to field a reliable spacecraft LIB-based electrical power system.

To best serve the aerospace community, this book was written for a wide spectrum of practicing industry professionals with varying degrees of experience. As such, early career professionals new to spacecraft LIB power systems, practitioners who require additional technical details to increase their understanding of space LIB applications, and experienced subject matter experts who need a centralized technical LIB reference source will greatly benefit from this book. 


A special focus on rechargeable LIB technologies as they apply to crewed and unmanned Earth-orbiting satellites, planetary mission spacecraft (such as orbiters, landers, rovers, and probes), and launch vehicle applications is emphasized. Using a system’s engineering approach, the book bridges knowledge gaps that typically exist between academic and industry practitioners. Sample topics of discussion and learning resources included in the work include: 

  • Detailed systematic technical treatment of spacecraft LIB power systems across the entire LIB life cycle; 

  • Principles of lithium-ion cell and battery design, battery management systems, electrical power systems, safety engineering, life cycle testing, ground processing, and on-orbit mission operations; 

  • Special topics such as requirements engineering, qualification testing, safety hazards and controls, reliability analysis, life cycle testing and prediction, on-orbit battery power system management, and decommissioning strategies;  

  • Detailed descriptions of relevant on-orbit spacecraft applications of LIB-based power systems supporting commercial, civil, and government spacecraft missions such as the International Space Station, Galileo, James Webb Telescope, Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, Europa Clipper, and more.

Overall, the work provides professionals supporting the commercial, civil, and government aerospace marketplace with key knowledge and highly actionable information pertaining to LIBs and their specific applications in modern spacecraft systems. 

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