EaglePicher powering space exploration

POWERFUL BATTERIES: EaglePicher Technologies in East Greenwich develops batteries for spacecraft and military jets. From left, Robert Gitzendanner, applications engineering director; George Cintra, vice president of research and development; Alex Buonanno, program manager; and Frank Puglia, director of research and development. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
POWERFUL BATTERIES: EaglePicher Technologies in East Greenwich develops batteries for spacecraft and military jets. From left, Robert Gitzendanner, applications engineering director; George Cintra, vice president of research and development; Alex Buonanno, program manager; and Frank Puglia, director of research and development. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
In November, NASA’s Insight lander touched down on Mars. Then, in December, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its destination, the asteroid Bennu. Both space vehicles have something in common with Rhode Island. They’re equipped with high-powered batteries that were designed and made at EaglePicher Technologies LLC in East Greenwich. EaglePicher’s Yardney division developed the lithium-ion and…

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