Ball Aerospace Develops Flight Computers for Future Launch Vehicles

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has completed development of prototype launch vehicle flight computers that are equipped to bring safety and reliability to future human spaceflight systems, the company announced Monday.

Ball Aerospace financed the computers and based them on deployed units now being used at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The computers are used in NASA’s simulation laboratories to develop software and test systems for future human-rated launch vehicles.

“These advanced avionics are directly applicable to future human exploration goals and objectives,” said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of Ball’s Civil and Operational Space business unit.  “We look forward to participating in future opportunities that leverage Ball’s technologies.”

The company said their new design supports on-the-fly recovery of a failed flight computer based on hardware or flexible software voting.

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