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Ball Aerospace to Help SKorea Develop, Test Air Quality Sensor; Cary Ludtke Comments

Ball Aerospace to Help SKorea Develop, Test Air Quality Sensor; Cary Ludtke Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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ball areospaceBall Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has won a contract to help South Korea’s aeronautics and space agency design, manufacture and test an instrument to measure transboundary pollutants over the Korean Peninsula and Asia-Pacific region.

Under the contract, Ball Aerospace and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute will co-develop the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer intended to provide spatial and temporal images of the ozone and its antecedents, the company said Monday.

KARI plans to launch the instrument onboard a geostationary satellite in 2018.

According to the Boulder, Colo.-based firm, hourly data collected through GEMS will help monitor climate change and give early signs of atmospheric pollution.

GEMS is the Asian module in a series of satellites including NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution mission that was built to run a global air quality monitoring program.

Ball Aerospace supplied the TEMPO instrument for the Langley Research Center and Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Both TEMPO and GEMS use the company“™s ultraviolet-visible spectrometry technology, according to Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of Ball Aerospace“™s operational space business unit.

“Ball is excited to be working with KARI to provide this environmental sensor and enable greater monitoring of pollution,“ Ludtke said, adding, “This international collaboration represents the beginning of an important relationship.”

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