Ball Aerospace & Technologies

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (commonly Ball Aerospace) is an American manufacturer of spacecraft, components, and instruments for national defense, civil space and commercial space applications. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), with primary offices in Boulder and facilities in Broomfield and Westminster in Colorado, with smaller offices in New Mexico, Ohio, Northern Virginia, Missouri, and Maryland.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Wholly owned subsidiary of Ball Corporation
IndustrySpacecraft, Defense, Scientific Instruments
HeadquartersBroomfield, Colorado
OwnerBall Corporation

Ball Aerospace began building pointing controls for military rockets in 1956, and later won a contract to build one of NASA’s first spacecraft, the Orbiting Solar Observatory. Over the years, the company has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific projects and continues to provide aerospace technology to NASA and related industries.

Ball Aerospace also has many other products and services for the aerospace industry, including lubricants, optical systems, star trackers and antennas. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ball Corporation, Ball Aerospace was cited in 2014 as the 88th largest defense contractor in the world.[1] Both parent and subsidiary headquarters are co-located in Broomfield, Colorado.

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  1. ^ "Defense News Top 100". Defense News Research. 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Orbital Express Archived June 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ DigitalGlobe announces Ball building WorldView 2 satellite
  4. ^ WorldView-3
  5. ^ Opticks
  6. ^ "Ball Aerospace to develop thermal imaging system for Nasa's Europa mission".[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ Joint Polar Satellite System
  8. ^ Suomi NPP
  9. ^ Kepler Space Observatory Archived 2006-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Yenne, Bill (1985). The Encyclopedia of US Spacecraft. Exeter Books (A Bison Book), New York. ISBN 0-671-07580-2.p.12 AEROS
  11. ^ Suomi NPP

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