Ball Aerospace-Built Radarsat-1 Far Outlives Mission Expectations

      Ball Aerospace-Built Radarsat-1 Far Outlives Mission Expectations

Planned for 5-Year Mission Life, Satellite Provided Earth Observations for
More Than 17 Years

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., May 9, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. Earth observation satellite built for the Canadian government has
concluded its mission after serving the organization for more than 17 years—12
years longer than its mission life. Radarsat-1 launched in 1995 for an
expected 5-year mission. It was Canada's first and oldest Earth monitoring
satellite and conducted the first complete radar survey of Antarctica.



Ball Aerospace built the spacecraft bus and a portion of the ground station
for the advanced operational synthetic aperture for Spar Aerospace and the
Canadian Space Agency. Ball also provided technical services to Spar
(MacDonald Dettwiler), including system engineering and system integration
planning. Radarsat-1 represented several firsts for Ball Aerospace:

  oFirst fixed price and commercial spacecraft bus, introducing a
    cost-effective solution for Earth observation and remote-sensing missions
  oFirst Ball Aerospace international spacecraft, which expanded the
    company's profile into new markets
  oInaugural satellite bus for the company's successful Ball Configurable
    Platform (BCP) line of spacecraft

"Radarsat-1 set the bar high," said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general
manager for Ball's Operational Space business unit. "It was a great learning
experience in principal areas of the company's evolving business approach,
particularly in developing the know-how to execute on commercial, fixed-price

By circling the Earth once every 101 minutes, Radarsat-1 relayed images for
use in resource management with details about the Earth's geologic features,
oceans, ice, weather and vegetation. The satellite's powerful synthetic
aperture radar instrument acquired images of the Earth, day and night, in all
weather and through cloud cover. Radarsat-1's legacy included mapping regions
of the Earth never mapped before including areas in South America, Africa and
Asia; and completing a survey of the Antarctic continental ice shelf that
helped monitor the effects of global climate change.

Ball built the Radarsat-1 spacecraft bus based on technical experience gained
developing the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment for NASA and the Relay Mirror
Experiment satellite for the U.S. Air Force. More recently, Ball continues
its contributions to NASA's Earth science program with the launch of the
Operational Land Imager aboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission to extend
the 40-year record of continuous land surface observations.

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, and of aerospace and other
technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation
and its subsidiaries employ approximately 15,000 people worldwide and reported
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