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BASF battery materials used in NASA’s Mars Rover

We are proud that BASF cathode materials were able to support the successful Mars mission. It’s impressive that they could travel so far, probably the farthest a BASF product has ever travelled. It feels great being able to support EaglePicher and NASA with our products in this important mission.”

Michael Baier

Michael Baier

Senior Vice President of BASF Battery Materials

BASF NCA technology produced at the company’s BASF Toda Battery Materials (BTBM) plant in Kitakyushu, Japan, is used in the rechargeable batteries on NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover that touched down on the red planet on February 18, 2021. The material, which is used in specialty aerospace applications such as satellites, was supplied to our customer, EaglePicher Technologies, who designed and manufactured the battery system.

Employees who are interested can learn more about the Mars Exploration Program here and the rover’s electrical system here.

Many thanks to the BASF Toda Battery Materials (BTBM) colleagues who were part of this success: Kenji Ueno; Kengo Sakamoto; Osamu Sasaki; Masami Ueda; Satoshi Ohno; Hiroshi Iwata.


Photo credit: EaglePicher Technologies
This image below shows Perseverance’s finished battery.

Other Resources:

To learn more about BASF battery materials business click here
Read about our Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA) click here
To learn more about the Mars Exploration Program click here
Check out the rover’s electrical system click here
Learn more about Eaglepicher click here


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