Tag Archives: Ball Aerospace & Technologies

NASA Taps Ball Aerospace for Suomi NPP Satellite Engineering Support Contract

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has received a potential five-year, $9.5 million contract from NASA to continue to provide sustaining engineering support services for the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Sustainability satellite. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a minimum task ordering value of $50,000 and covers engineering services to the National Oceanic …

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NASA Completes Environmental Tests on Ball Aerospace-Made Spacecraft for Green Propellant Demo Mission; Chris McLean Comments

NASA has completed a series of environmental and functional tests on software and systems in a Ball Aerospace & Technologies-built spacecraft designed to demonstrate a green propellant alternative to hydrazine. The space agency plans to launch in 2017 the Ball Configurable Platform-100 small satellite in an effort to carry and demonstrate …

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Ball Aerospace Selects Vanguard to Produce Landsat 9 Instrument Structures

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has selected satellite component manufacturer Vanguard Space Technologies to produce structures for the NASA Landsat 9 project to collect baseline data for a map of Earth’s land cover. Vanguard will make baseplate structural assemblies and mounting struts for the OLI-2 Instrument that consists of construction, attach points and metallic fits to …

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NASA Puts Webb Telescope Instruments Through Cryogenic Test

NASA has performed a cryogenic test on the cameras and spectrographs of the James Webb Space Telescope in order to determine if the systems could withstand extremely cold temperatures inside a space environment simulator. The Webb telescope’s scientific instruments have been removed from a cylindrical  simulation chamber at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center …

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NGA Eyes Cloud Transition Contract Award to Ball Aerospace

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to award Ball Aerospace & Technologies a one-year, sole-source contract to provide design and development support for NGA’s Accelerated Cloud Transition program. NGA said in a FedBizOpps notice posted Tuesday the contract covers data tagging support for the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise’s GovCloud platform …

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Ball Aerospace to Build 2nd Imaging Instrument for NASA’s Landsat 9

Ball Aerospace & Technologies will manufacture the second Operational Land Imager instrument for NASA‘s Landsat 9 Earth observation satellite under a potential six-year, $19.3 million sole-source letter contract. The company said Thursday it will build Operational Land Imager-2, which works to generate satellite imagery that will support studies on the impact of natural and …

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Ball Aerospace Gets NASA Funding for CubeSat Infrared Radiometer Project

Ball Aerospace & Technologies will manufacture the Compact Infrared Radiometer in Space instrument for a CubeSat that will perform scientific research and support land use management for NASA‘s Earth science division. The company said Wednesday it received funding under the In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies program to build the CIRiS imaging radiometer for tests during …

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Ball Aerospace Integrates ‘Green’ Propulsion Tech on BCP-100 Spacecraft Bus; Jim Oschmann Comments

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has completed the integration of an Aerojet Rocketdyne-built propulsion subsystem into a small satellite Ball is building for NASA‘s Green Propellant Infusion Mission. NASA aims to launch the Ball Commercial Platform-100 spacecraft equipped with Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Green Propellant Propulsion System into orbit next year, Ball Aerospace …

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Ball Aerospace Receives Aerojet Rocketdyne-Built Green Propellant Propulsion Subsystem; Jim Oschmann Comments

Aerojet Rocketdyne has handed over a propulsion subsystem to Ball Aerospace & Technologies for integration with NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission spacecraft. The Aerojet Rocketdyne-built subsystem has five 1-newton thruster components and a propellant tank designed to carry the AF-M315E non-toxic fuel, Ball Aerospace said Thursday. Jim Oschmann, vice president and …

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Ball Aerospace Evaluates Air Quality Spectrometer Under NASA Program; Jim Oschmann Comments

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has finished the critical design review of an atmospheric pollution measurement tool that the company is developing for NASA under the agency’s Earth Venture Instrument program. NASA plans to integrate the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution instrument into a commercial satellite to measure Earth’s ozone, nitrogen …

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