Published: Jan 18, 2013 11:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The batteries at the center of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner issue, have a connection to the International Space Station.

NASA says the same lithium-ion battery technology is scheduled to supply power to the I-S-S starting in 2017. However, the battery design is different.

Right now, the space station is powered by a combination of solar energy and batteries made of nickel hydrogen. The space agency says the lithium-ion batteries weigh less and are more more efficient than nickel hydrogen.

NASA says it doesn't plan to make any decision about changing the battery contract just yet.