Ball Aerospace Selects Bill Townsend to Lead Civil Space Systems

August 09, 2004

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has named William F. Townsend as vice president and general manager of civil space systems. Townsend will guide the corporation's NASA and NOAA programs to successful delivery. Ball Aerospace currently has many missions in various stages of completion including Deep Impact, Cloudsat, CALIPSO, HiRISE, Kepler and the optical subsystem for the James Webb Space Telescope.

"We are thrilled that Bill Townsend has chosen Ball Aerospace for the next chapter in his notable career," said David L. Taylor, president and CEO of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. "His proven track record at successfully executing complex programs strengthens our ability to deliver outstanding space systems to our customers. He will work to ensure that the spacecraft and instruments we deliver to NASA and NOAA meet mission cost, schedule and quality requirements," Taylor added.

Prior to joining Ball Aerospace, Townsend had a distinguished 40-year career with NASA, most recently at Goddard Space Flight Center. At Goddard, he shared responsibility for executive leadership and management of the Center and all its programs as Deputy Director. Prior to that position, Townsend served as Deputy Associate Administrator (Programs) for the NASA's Office of Earth Science, where he directed earth science flight programs. He was also acting Associate Administrator for the Earth Science Enterprise. He was responsible for numerous successful programs during his NASA career, including the SeaSat Radar Altimeter and TOPEX/Poseidon missions. In total, Townsend has been associated with 59 missions.

Townsend's accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the French Space Agency's Bronze Medal. Townsend holds an electrical engineering degree with honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Ball Aerospace conducts domestic and international business in the defense, civil and commercial space arenas, providing best value and innovative solutions. The company supports national policy-makers, the military services, NASA and other U.S. Government agencies, as well as numerous aerospace industry companies.

Ball Corporation is a leading supplier of high-quality packaging products and innovative packaging solutions to the beverage and food industries. The company also owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial markets. Ball employs approximately 12,600 people worldwide and reported 2003 sales of $4.9 billion.

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SOURCE: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

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