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Ball Aerospace To Build Weather Satellites

Ball Aerospace has been selected by the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center to deliver the next-generation weather satellite system for the Department of Defense.

The contract is to provide system design of a Low Earth Orbit satellite system,  with options to develop, build and launch two LEO satellites.

This satellites are intended to improve weather forecasting over maritime regions by taking global measurements of the atmosphere and ocean surface.

“This is an exciting win for us, and we’re looking forward to expanding our work with the Air Force and continuing to support warfighters and allies around the world,” said Rob Strain, president, Ball Aerospace.

As the prime contractor, Ball will be responsible for developing and integrating the entire microwave system, which includes the microwave instrument, spacecraft and system software.

Ball Aerospace, based in Boulder, CO, has been building satellite systems for weather and other purposes for more than 50 years.

It is a subsidiary of Ball Corporation, which produces packaging for food, beverage and household products as well as aerospace and other technology services for the U.S. government. Ball and its subsidiaries employ over 18,000 people and had sales in 2016 of $9.1 billion.





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