Ball Aerospace Wins S-Band Phased Array Demonstration for NASA Space Launch System

 Ball Aerospace Wins S-Band Phased Array Demonstration for NASA Space Launch

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 15, 2012

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has been selected to develop its S-Band phased array antenna for the
next-generation U.S. Space Launch System (SLS) under a NASA Research

The Ball Reliable Advanced Integrated Network (BRAIN) will deliver a
single-solution prototype antenna that allows for sustained high data rate
downlink from launch through mission completion. The high-performance antenna
is operative for only seven-to-twelve minutes – the critical amount of time
needed for sending telemetry and to video link to the ground during launch

"Ball Aerospace is leveraging our company's extensive phased array antenna
expertise for the Defense Department to demonstrate the SLS antenna," said
David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO. "Ball's antenna design and
adaptability ensures that data will be maintained even in the event of a
vehicle anomaly."

The SLS will be the most powerful rocket the U.S. has built since the
Apollo-era Saturn V booster, and will carry humans deeper into space than ever
before.This is Ball's first contract win for the SLS.

As part of the company's manned exploration portfolio, work is continuing on
the Orion phased array antenna.Ball is also supplying other components to
Lockheed Martin in support of Orion including docking cameras, star trackers
and the vision navigation system which was demonstrated on STS-134. Ball
Aerospace worked on flight avionics as part of the NASA Ares contract for
human-rated launch capabilities to the Boeing Company. Ball is leveraging
advanced, high reliability and fault tolerant systems technologies in pursuit
of other human spaceflight business opportunities such as NASA's Commercial
Crew and the International Space Station.

The NASA NRA supports an evolutionary development strategy for SLS that allows
for incremental progress within constrained budgets. To achieve this goal,
NASA has solicited innovative development concepts from both industry and
academic institutions that improve affordability, reliability or performance.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national
agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S.
government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures
spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation
systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
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beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other
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and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported
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