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Ball Aerospace Participates in TSAT Space Segment Design Review
June 21, 2007
Boulder, CO, June 21, 2007 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., a teammate on the Boeing led-Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Space Segment program, today announced successful completion of the program’s Space Segment Design Review (SSDR).
The review represented a significant milestone for the Boeing team, which was awarded a TSAT Risk Reduction and System Definition contract in January 2004. TSAT will provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with high data rate military satellite communications and Internet-like services as defined in the Transformational Communications Architecture (TCA). TSAT offers greatly improved connectivity, data transfer capability and situational awareness for the warfighter that will increase the precision and effectiveness of military operations far beyond present capacity. Furthermore, TSAT will enable high data rate connectivity for space and airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms.
Ball Aerospace is pursuing the space segment of TSAT, with Boeing as the prime contractor, by developing the Space Telescope Subsystem (STS). The STS sub-system includes a gimbaled telescope and sophisticated optical bench that relies on Ball’s proven Pointing, Acquisition and Tracking (PAT) technology.
“The dynamic partnership forged by Ball Aerospace and Boeing for the past 30 years, starting in 1976 with the Airborne Flight Test System, has allowed us to develop solutions to bring free-space laser communication to an operational status,” said Ball Aerospace President and CEO, David L. Taylor. “Ball’s laser communications activities bridge all optical segments of the TCA.”
Earlier this year, Boeing and its partners became the first team to successfully demonstrate the ability of its TSAT system to deliver operational data rates at high power operations during U.S. Air Force tests. The tests validated a total system performance to - and interoperability with - government laser communications standards by completing communications performance and pointing, acquisition and tracking tests for 2.5, 10 and 40 gigabits per second data rates. The demonstration also verified Ball's PAT technology to be consistent with the Lasercom Interoperability Standard, which fulfills another risk reduction objective for TSAT.
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 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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