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Ball Aerospace Delivers Cameras for Glory Mission
February 28, 2008
BOUDER, Colo., – Feb. 28, 2008 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered under a Rapid Spacecraft Development Office contract, two cloud cameras for NASA’s Glory climate-monitoring mission scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in early 2009.
The three-year Glory mission will contribute to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program studying the causes and consequences of global environmental changes and how to predict those changes. Ball Aerospace designed and built the semi-custom Glory cloud cameras for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center using standard CT-633 star tracker electronics and custom optics and software. The cameras will operate in conjunction with the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, which will provide data on the properties of black carbon and other types of aerosols as well as clouds in the earth’s atmosphere and climate system.
“The Glory cameras extend technologies first developed by Ball for the successful cloud camera flying onboard the Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) mission,” said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of Ball’s Civil and Operational Space business unit. “Ball Aerospace instruments continue to reach new levels of performance as evidenced by the never-before-seen images of clouds and aerosols being returned by CALIPSO.”
As part of the APS science mission, the Ball-built cloud cameras will help distinguish between cloudy and clear scenes over land and the ocean in order to obtain precise data on chemical and microphysical properties, and spatial and temporal distributions of aerosols as well as on their effects on climate.
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. For more than 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 (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household products 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 2007 sales of $7.4 billion.
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