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  • Ball Aerospace celebrates 60th annivesary

    Ball Aerospace celebrates 60th annivesary

    We are proud to celebrate 60 years of innovation, collaboration, and pioneering discoveries.

  • Suomi NPP: Prototype to powerhouse, five years later

    Suomi NPP: Prototype to powerhouse, five years later

    ​Launched Oct. 28, 2011, the Ball-built Suomi NPP satellite celebrates five years on-orbit. Initially a prototype, Suomi NPP tracks significant weather events to help protect what matters most.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?!’

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.