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NASA Awards LandSat Data Continuity Mission Spacecraft Accommodation Contract to Ball Aerospace
May 30, 2007
BOULDER, Colo. - May 30, 2007 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Spacecraft Accommodation study contract by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
The four-month study through Goddard’s Rapid Space Development Office (RSDO) will result in a Ball Aerospace design that will accommodate the mission-specific requirements of the follow-on Landsat mission. The study will provide point design implementation, cover specific LDCM implementation and architecture issues, and address integration and test.
Ball Aerospace built the first spacecraft procured by the RSDO, the Quick Scatterometer, or QuikSCAT, launched in 1999. The spacecraft was completed in 11 months using the Ball Commercial Platform (BCP) 2000 design. Since then, Ball Aerospace has built two additional BCP spacecraft under RSDO contracts: the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), and the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft.
“Ball Aerospace has a proven record on RSDO contracts and appreciates the opportunity to participate in continuing NASA’s longest-running civil space program,” said David L. Taylor, president and CEO of Ball Aerospace.
Beginning in 1972, the Landsat remote-sensing satellite program has collected spectral information from Earth’s surface, creating an unprecedented historical archive. The images are used in the areas of global change, agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, and national security.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and now acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.
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