• Disappearing Dark Skies

    Disappearing Dark Skies

    What comes to mind when you think about America’s national parks? Rivers, mountains, geysers – the special geological features that make each park unique. But light from our cities is making dark skies and the stars they hold disappear.

  • Origami shades of planet hunting

    Origami shades of planet hunting

    Now that Kepler has found more than 2,000 planets orbiting other stars and the K2 mission keeps adding to the tally, scientists are eager for a closer look. They’re exploring a number of ways to find Earth’s twin and maybe discover where E.T. lives.

  • Space wizard comes to Kansas

    Space wizard comes to Kansas

    The plains of Kansas are light-years away from Kepler’s otherworldly discoveries. But Kansas native and Ball detector engineering area manager Penny Warren became a bit like the Wizard of Oz this summer when she gave a Kepler talk to an engaged audience of adults and K-12 students at the Galaxy Forum in the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.

  • Remembering 9/11

    Remembering 9/11

    15th anniversary

    This time of year conjures an outpouring of emotion for us all, regardless of where we were Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Fueling the future with green propellant

    Fueling the future with green propellant

    Ball Aerospace is leading a team of industry, NASA and Air Force players to test the performance of a new spacecraft fuel on-orbit. Safer and more efficient than hydrazine, the new fuel has the potential to open up a universe of mission possibilities.

  • Really complex, really fast

    Really complex, really fast

    When lives hang in the balance, communication is critical for an aircraft that flies combat, special operations, search /survivor and disaster relief missions. That’s why the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)/Airbus came to the AIRLINK® SATCOM antenna team at Ball Aerospace to upgrade a fleet of C-130J aircraft.

  • "Some weather we're having..."

    When people discuss the weather, we’re generally interested in how the weather is right now. We talk about how lovely or awful it is outside. We look forward to the next season and reminisce about the last. We berate TV and radio meteorologists for their imperfect reports. To help answer long-term questions about the weather, the National Weather Service will look to the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), slated to launch in 2017.

  • Above and Beyond

    Above and Beyond

    Designed to measure ozone, a Ball instrument is also contributing to long-term climate and air quality measurements. On board NASA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) is an instrument designed to measure ozone and how ozone concentration varies with altitude. But it’s doing much more.

  • Ball Celebrates Women in Engineering Day

    Ball Celebrates Women in Engineering Day

    Women Engineers and Technicians Share Their Stories of Working in a STEM Industry

    Meet some of Ball’s female engineers and technicians. Find out what led them to pursue a technical career and what it is like to be a woman working in a STEM industry.

  • Building the Next Generation of Female Aerospace Leaders

    Building the Next Generation of Female Aerospace Leaders

    Ball and its employees encourage local girls to explore STEM careers by supporting several outreach programs.

  • Orbiting Oracles

    Orbiting Oracles

    Snails, Ticks & Mosquitoes: How our nation’s satellites contribute beyond the weather forecast.

  • BIRST Team Aims for World Record

    BIRST Team Aims for World Record

    At Ball we don’t build rockets. Instead, we build the spacecraft and the instruments that are launched from the rocket. And that’s where the fun begins for the large group of interns who join us each summer.

  • Tooning in with Mart

    Tooning in with Mart

    I knew in a heartbeat that these were all the ingredients for serious fun. I remember thinking, ‘Are you kidding me? Are we getting paid to do this?!’

  • Beyond Earth Day Every Day

    Beyond Earth Day Every Day

    Pioneering discoveries that move Earth science forward

    Every day, Ball Aerospace technologies are delivering the critical Earth science data policy makers, stakeholders and scientists need to better understand our world. Learn more about the new technologies Ball is developing to advance Earth science.

  • Genius at Work

    Genius at Work

    The Story Behind Fixing Hubble's Vision, Part 2

    Bottema, coming out of retirement to tackle the Hubble problem, had another idea. He suggested using relay mirrors similar to those planned for JPL’s next-generation main camera.

  • Star-Crossed Telescope

    Star-Crossed Telescope

    The Story Behind Fixing Hubble's Vision

    Starting in the late 1970s, the Hubble Space Telescope became a Ball focus.The company’s 20-year relationship with NASA Goddard, which managed the Hubble program, paved the way. Ball engineers came to understand the space telescope as few did.

  • The Tale of Hubble

    The Tale of Hubble

    How the Hubble Space Telescope came to be

    Once upon a time, the idea of four Great Observatories was just an idea in the minds of many people at NASA, as well as a few universities. And time passed. And things were discussed. And language was written. And money appeared. And people got busy. And then the first of the four Great Observatories was launched.

  • Real Magic

    Real Magic

    Saving Kepler & CloudSat

    Hundreds of miles from Earth in a cold, dark vacuum, a spacecraft transmitting critical science data is crippled. Engineers rack their brains for an answer. The usual solutions won’t work, so a few engineers do the next best thing.

  • Christmas in July

    Christmas in July

    Gifts from Mysterious Pluto

    Dr. Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., waited a long time for the New Horizons spacecraft to fly by Pluto on July 14. He has worked on this project in one form or another for 26 years. Learn about the discoveries and history of this groundbreaking program.

  • The Grigsby Effect

    The Grigsby Effect

    A driving force in human-machine teaming

    Ball's Scott Grigsby led the SAM (Semi-Autonomous Motorcar) project to nationally renowned success and, most importantly, was part of the team that gave Sam Schmidt, an injured IndyCar driver with no ability to move his arms or legs, the ability to once again drive at high speeds on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • Sharp-Eyed Spacecraft Showcases New Tech

    Sharp-Eyed Spacecraft Showcases New Tech


    What do you know about remote sensing? Maybe you’ve heard people say while looking at their smart phone, “That’s a Google image.” O.K., that’s partly right. The Google search engine has provided the user image. Google, however, doesn’t have satellites in space to capture images.