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Ball Aerospace Integrates Four of Five Payloads onto STPSat-3

        Ball Aerospace Integrates Four of Five Payloads onto STPSat-3

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 20, 2012

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has successfully integrated four of the five payloads anda spacecraft
de-orbit moduleonto STPSat-3, the Department of Defense Space Test Program's
Standard Interface Vehicle(STP-SIV) slated to launch August 1,
2013.Integration of the four instruments and the MMA Design LLC De-Orbit
Module was completed in 18 days.

STPSat-3 isa common spacecraft, standard payload interface series of
satellitesbuilt by Ball Aerospacefor the Air Force Space and Missile Systems
Center, Space Development & Test Directorate. The standard interface vehicle
supports a variety of experimental and risk reduction payloads at various
low-Earth orbits.The design is based on the flight-proven Ball Configurable
Platform 100 (BCP-100) which is compatible with multiple launch vehicles.

"With a build time of 47 days for STPSat-3 and 18 days for integration, our
spacecraft bus continues to demonstrate its rapid production and deployment
capability," said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO.

The first payload integrated to the spacecraft was the NOAA Total Solar
Irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment (TCTE), built by the Laboratory for
Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
This instrument will help determine the effects of solar radiation on Earth's
climate and will provide continuity of climate data record measurements prior
to the launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System in 2017. The JPSS-1
satellite is also being built by Ball Aerospace.

The additional four payloads integrated include: iMESA-R (Integrated
Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer Reflight); SSU (Strip Sensor Unit); and
SWATS (Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer). All of the integrated
instruments have been individually tested. The spacecraft is currently
proceeding through space vehicle system performance testing. Arrival and
installation of the final payload,J-CORE (Joint Component Research), will be
completed by the end of 2012.

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.
For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging for
beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other
technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation
and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported
2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other
company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events
and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates, "
"estimates" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The
company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99.2 in our
Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at www.sec.gov. Factors that
might affect our packaging segments include fluctuation in product demand and
preferences; availability and cost of raw materials; competitive packaging
availability, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop
yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve anticipated productivity
improvements or production cost reductions; mandatory deposit or other
restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or
loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and
changes in foreign exchange rates or tax rates. Factors that might affect our
aerospace segment include: funding, authorization, availability and returns of
government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical
uncertainties affecting segment contracts. Factors that might affect the
company as a whole include those listed plus: accounting changes; changes in
senior management; the recent global recession and its effects on liquidity,
credit risk, asset values and the economy; successful or unsuccessful
acquisitions; regulatory action or laws including tax, environmental, health
and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions affecting products
filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or
in the manufacturing process; governmental investigations; technological
developments and innovations; goodwill impairment; antitrust, patent and other
litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return projected and earned
on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes;
uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget and debt limit; reduced
cash flow; interest rates affecting our debt; and changes to unaudited results
due to statutory audits or other effects.

SOURCE Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Website: http://www.ballaerospace.com
Contact: Roz Brown, 303-533-6059, rbrown@ball.com
 
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