An End-User Perspective

Engineering Mission Success

For military, intelligence and defense customers, we offer the resources and experience to solve the nation’s most difficult challenges. We’ve walked in your shoes and have perfected the systems that drive mission success, in space, in the air and on land and sea.

By providing reliable global access, our protected sensing systems and constellation architectures enable you to respond quickly on a variety of platforms. We keep advancing the art of exploiting remote data and can offer you a range of capabilities to scale.

Developing Emerging Tech

Game-changing Support

Space is becoming more complex, congested, contested and competitive. Our technology development supports game-changing capabilities for military and intelligence missions. These help improve your ability to sense the environment, characterize space objects, integrate and exploit data, and disseminate information to the battlefield.

When adversaries attempt to deny, degrade, deceive, disrupt or destroy military space systems, you need predictive, accurate detection and tracking technologies. One example of how we improve the strength of the country’s defenses is our Space Based Space Surveillance System (SBSS) spacecraft. It gives the U.S. Air Force the ability to detect and track space objects with twice the speed and sensitivity of previous space sensors.

To give you reliable global access and enable a quick response to emerging threats, we develop satellite platforms, constellation architectures and protected sensing systems. These let you configure functions using standard interfaces.

National Defense

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Next-Generation Lasercom

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Advanced Tactical Technologies

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Defense Weather

Defense Weather

Providing Our Warfighters a Competitive Advantage

The physical environment often plays an important role in military campaigns. Weather affects missions, from mechanized ground patrols, to air drops, aircraft carrier launches or strike operations. Military weather support relies on space-based systems to provide critical weather and environmental information used for mission planning and all operations. Polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites play important roles in military reconnaissance, planning and operations, and weather satellites are no exception.

We are adapting the way we build operational weather systems for civil customers to meet unique military requirements. We modified our GMI instrument design to meet specific DoD mission requirements. This new state-of-the-art instrument will provide key measurements of the ocean surface and atmosphere and is the foundation of the Weather System Follow-on – Microwave (WSF-M) mission we are delivering for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. The data from WSF-M will mitigate high-priority DoD Space-Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM) gaps including ocean surface winds, tropical cyclones intensity and sea ice concentration.
SBSS

SBSS

Our state-of-the-art SBSS Block 10 space vehicle plays a critical role in helping the U.S. Air Force achieve full Space Situational Awareness.

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STP-SIV

STP-SIV

Ball Aerospace provides rapid and affordable access to space under the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program’s Standard Interface Vehicle (STP-SIV) program. 

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WSF-M

WSF-M

Improving weather forecasting over maritime regions with the DoD’s next-generation operational environmental satellite system.

WSF-M