Boston-Power’s Swing Battery Selected for
NASA’s Humanoid Robot Project
August 17, 2010 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Boston-Power®, Inc., the rapidly growing provider
of next-generation lithium-ion batteries, today announced that its award-winning Swing™ battery system has been
selected by NASA as a part of Project M – a proposed project to land an operational humanoid robot on the moon
in 1,000 days. The project bears its name from the Roman numeral for 1,000 – M.
Boston-Power’s batteries will provide power for the robot, known as Robonaut 2 or R2, a highly dexterous human-
like robot designed to work alongside humans as a robotic assistant. R2, developed jointly by NASA and General
Motors to support astronauts working in dangerous environments and on repetitious tasks, is capable of performing
a wide range of human skills and motions, and is the second generation of humanoid robots created for space travel.
Along with the R2 robots involved with Project M, separate robots are expected to launch on the Space Shuttle
Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission planned for later this year.
Boston-Power is delivering a 2.5kWh energy storage system which includes its award-winning Swing cells as well as
an integrated battery management system. The entire battery system will deliver industry-leading high energy density,
along with extended cycle and calendar life at a wide operating temperature range, to meet the weight, space and
flight requirements of the pack.
Swing was designed to meet the stringent requirements of a wide range of applications, including Plug-In Hybrid
Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Utility Energy Storage solutions. It is also the only
lithium-ion battery of its kind to earn the stringent Nordic Ecolabel environmental accreditation (Boston-Power’s
Sonata® for notebook PCs is the first and only to earn such certification in that sector). Swing, along with Sonata,
has also earned a similar