Ball Aerospace Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) Spacecraft

  Ball Aerospace Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Joint Polar
                     Satellite System (JPSS-1) Spacecraft

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has successfully completed the delta Critical Design Review (CDR) for
the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft.

The four-day review was held Dec. 10-13, and included more than 100
representatives from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and JPSS
instrument providers. The review team congratulated the JPSS-1 team for
demonstrating that the spacecraft's development is progressing well and will
be ready to provide the nation with critical environmental data when launched
no later than the first quarter 2017.

The CDR delineated the design differences between JPSS-1 and its predecessor,
the Ball-built Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite to
allow for full-scale JPSS-1 spacecraft production. Early Production on JPSS-1
has been underway since mid-2012.

"This successful review allows Ball to initiate satellite fabrication for a
program that is vital for ensuring that global weather forecasting and climate
observations are not interrupted," said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace
president and CEO.

The JPSS operational weather system includes the satellites and sensors that
support civil weather and climate measurements in the afternoon orbit, as well
as a ground system. These satellites deliver approximately 90 percent of the
information collected for numerical forecasting models that generate critical
weather forecasts and convey warnings to the public about climate and weather
events.

In addition to the spacecraft, Ball Aerospace will manufacture, test and
deliver the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite sensor for JPSS-1. Both the
JPSS-1 satellite bus and the OMPS instrument are similar to those for Suomi
NPP, which successfully launched in October 2011 and is returning images and
data that provide critical weather and climate measurements of the complex
Earth system.

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.

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