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NASA Honors Ball Aerospace Employees for Contributions to Hubble
December 17, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. engineers were recognized by NASA today for their contributions to the successful Hubble Space Telescope program.
Ball Aerospace has played a major role in the success of Hubble since it was deployed in 1990. All of the instruments currently on board the telescope are Ball Aerospace-built. Hubble was upgraded in May 2009 when astronauts installed two state-of-the-art instruments during Servicing Mission 4, and repaired two additional instruments.
Frank Cepollina, Deputy Associate Director of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Development Project for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, presented the awards and noted that the Hubble instruments built by Ball engineers restored the telescope, making it better than ever.
“The work you have accomplished on Hubble really goes to the heart and soul of Ball Aerospace,” said Cepollina. “You put two new instruments on board and you brought two instruments back to life. I know there have been great personal sacrifices made by many of you in the name of innovation for Hubble and I congratulate you for your outstanding work.”
The NASA awards included the Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Customer Service Award for launch site operations; and the Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Engineering Teams for instrument development. Ball Aerospace built the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), installed during Servicing Mission 4. The mission extended the telescope’s operating life until at least 2013, and greatly enhanced its scientific capabilities.
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 information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging 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 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion.
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