Ball Aerospace Chosen to Compete for Ares I Instrument Avionics Contract
October 08, 2007
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as one of the final competitors for the Instrument Unit Avionics (IUA) contract for the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle.
Ball Aerospace was chosen as a finalist from five industry teams that submitted proposals for the IUA contract, and will now enter discussions with NASA regarding proposal implementation. NASA is expected to select a single prime contractor for the Ares I Instrument Unit later this year.
"Ball Aerospace has the proven capabilities and experience to successfully meet NASA's extremely high standards for safety and mission success," said Bill Townsend, Ball Aerospace vice president for Exploration Systems. "We're the right team to interface with Marshall Space Flight Center based on our expertise in the integration of complex space systems, rich history in human spaceflight programs, and the affordability of our innovative and agile approach."
The Ball Aerospace team for the Ares I IUA includes subcontractors Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, subsidiaries of United Technologies Corp.
Ares I will replace the Space Shuttle following its 2010 retirement.
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. Over the past 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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