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Ball Aerospace & Technologies has tested the power system of an environmental monitoring satellite that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA plan to launch in 2017. Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of Ball Aerospace's operational space business said Tuesday the company powered on the Joint Polar Satellite System to gain […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies is approaching the environmental testing phase of its work on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Joint Polar Satellite System after the integration of four out of the satellite’s five instruments. The company said Monday it has integrated the Cross-track Infrared Sounder, Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir and Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System with JPSS-1. […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies has integrated two of five scientific payloads into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Joint Polar Satellite System. The company installed its Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir instrument and the Northrop Grumman-built Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System on the JPSS-1 spacecraft bus, Ball Aerospace said Thursday. The environmental satellite is […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has performed internal environment assessments on a remote-sensing satellite the company developed for DigitalGlobe and designed to collect Earth imagery. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 spacecraft features a Ball Aerospace technology that is built to monitor atmospheric conditions and photograph objects through haze, soot and dust, DigitalGlobe said Tuesday. Cary Ludtke, Ball Aerospace […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies has started to power the Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft bus, kicking off a nine-month integration and testing phase as the company prepares to deliver the spacecraft to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The company said Monday the continuous power on-off cycle involves operating the satellite system with the electrical power and distribution and command and data handling subsystems. “Following […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies has evaluated how a U.S. weather forecasting satellite platform could integrate with the spacecraft communication network SpaceWire. Joint Polar Satellite System-1 is a collaboration between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is designed to track global climate patterns, Ball Aerospace said Monday. The company built the JPSS-1’s satellite bus […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies has wrapped up integration work on DigitalGlobe‘s commercial satellite that is built to collect high-resolution images of the Earth. The WorldView-3 will be the fourth satellite in DigitalGlobe’s remote-sensing constellation and is scheduled for launch this summer at Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif., Ball Aerospace said Monday. Cary Ludtke, Ball Aerospace […] More
Ball Aerospace & Technologies has completed construction work on the initial bus structure of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite being designed to monitor and forecast severe weather. The satellite is scheduled for a 2017 launch and is part of a Joint Polar Satellite System meant to resume observations performed by the Ball Aerospace-made […] More
Ball Aerospace has won a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to develop an environmental sensor that will monitor dangerous pollution and climate changes in the Asian-Pacific region. The Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer will be used by the National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment of South Korea, according to Ball Aerospace. […] More
Ball 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 […] More
A Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.-built satellite has concluded its Earth monitoring mission after 17 years in space after initially being intended for a five-year mission. Radarsat-1 launched in 1995 for the Canadian government to collect images of Earth's geologic features by circling the planet every 101 minutes, Ball Aerospace said Thursday. The Radarsat-1 was […] More
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