Ball Aerospace Highlights Commitment to Mission Partnerships at 35th Annual Space Symposium in Colorado

April 05, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 5, 2019 — From technology demonstrations to Class A national capabilities, Ball Aerospace serves as a trusted mission partner to its customers, delivering affordable, innovative and resilient mission-level solutions to address the nation’s most difficult challenges in national security, civil space and commercial aerospace.

Ball will showcase a wide-range of capabilities on display in Exhibit Booth #523 at the 35th annual Space Symposium, held April 8-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo., including:

  • Operational and Defense Weather: Ball is an industry leader in the design and development of advanced operational weather systems for civil and military customers. As a mission partner to NASA, NOAA and the Department of Defense, Ball plays a leading role in executing on programs that fill critical weather data gaps, including the Ball-built JPSS-1 satellite, now NOAA-20, that is performing flawlessly nearly a year into its operational lifetime, and the Weather System Follow-on (WSF), currently in development.
  • Sustainable land imaging: Ball is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the national’s land imaging architecture by developing innovative, reliable, cost effective instruments that continue Landsat’s 45+ year data record. Leveraging its heritage and expertise in calibration, Ball is developing smaller instruments including two high-calibrated land imaging technologies with significantly reduced size and mass: Compact Hyperspectral Prism Spectrometer (CHPS) and the Reduced Envelope Multi-Spectral Imager (REMI).
  • Science at any scale: From cubesats to large flagship missions and everything in between, Ball works with its customers to develop solutions at the scale and price point needed to meet the science goals of each individual mission. For example, Ball is providing the Wide Field Opto-Mechanical Assembly for the Wide Field Instrument for NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Ball was also recently selected to build the spacecraft (based on the Ball Configurable Platform, or BCP) for the Spectro Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) and serves as the principal investigator and integrator for NASA’s Green-Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which is awaiting launch this year.

 At Space Symposium, Ball leaders will speak at the following events:

Saturday, April 6

  • "Space Generation Fusion Forum." Melissa Sampson, Advanced Systems manager, will lead a breakout session on Workforce Development Topics, supporting AIAA.

 Sunday, April 7

  • “Fusion Forum” Keynote. Debra Facktor, Ball Aerospace, vice president and general manager, Strategic Operations

Monday, April 8

  • Leadership Exchange “Speed Mentoring” in the Colorado Hall. Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Ball Aerospace vice president and general manager, Civil Space and Dr. Mike Gazarik, Ball Aerospace vice president, Engineering
  • "Cyber 1.9 Classified Panel: Resiliency Across Segments." Steve Smith, Ball Aerospace vice president and general manager, Systems Engineering Solutions.

“Tech Track” Presentations, Monday, April 8

  • Thomas Kampe, The Compact Hyperspectral Prism Spectrometer for Sustainable Land Imaging: Enhancing the Capabilities for Addressing Earth's Challenges
  • Sara Tucker, A High-heritage US Doppler Wind Lidar for Next-Generation Space-based Wind and Aerosol Observations
  • Eli Minson, The First Full Year of Campaigns and Lessons Learned
  • Sue Hagerty, An Innovative, Near-real-time Approach to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Data Simulation
  • Michael Berberich, Leveraging the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) Calibration Standard for Next Generation defense Weather Mission

Wednesday, April 10

  • “Space Classified Panel: Industry Reflections I.” Dr. Dave Kaufman, Ball Aerospace vice president and general manager, National Defense.

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