Ball Aerospace Wins Warfighter Interface Research & Technology Operations Contract
February 07, 2008
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a five-year $49M contract to support the Warfighter Interface Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Human Effectiveness Directorate.
"We are pleased to be fulfilling a contract that allows Ball Aerospace to support the AFRL's critical mission to further human factors research," said Jeff Osterkamp, vice president and general manager for Ball Aerospace's National Defense Solutions business unit.
The Human Effectiveness Directorate is one of five AFRL directorates headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Approximately 50 employees at the Ball Aerospace Dayton, Ohio location will execute the contract, along with Ball's teammates: Aptima, Bevilacqua Research Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, JXT Applications, The Design Knowledge Company, and Wright State University.
AFRL is the Air Force's organization dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our nation's air, space, and cyberspace forces. The Warfighter Interface Division's technology enables men and women in uniform to understand the nature of the battlespace, anticipate enemy intentions, make quick and effective decisions, and synchronize air and ground forces across the battlespace. Ball Aerospace will provide scientists, engineers, and warfighting subject matter experts to support this critical research and technology transition.
"Ball's expertise for this contract will help sustain the Warfighter Interface Division's mission to promote 'optimal decision making at all levels and identify better equipment, procedures and techniques for the nation's warfighters," added Osterkamp.
Core technology areas of the Warfighter Interface Division include: supervisory control of unmanned aerial vehicles; computational and knowledge-based representations of human, organizational, cultural, and societal structures; virtual audio displays; 3-D audio; human-centered decision support systems; interfaces to support human-human and human-machine collaboration; and advanced visualizations to enhance the human's ability to assimilate and understand information. The Division has collaborative relationships with academia, other military services and government agencies, and commercial enterprises.
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 than 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific 'firsts' and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
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