Ball Aerospace Wins Contract to Build Air Quality Sensor for KARI

      Ball Aerospace Wins Contract to Build Air Quality Sensor for KARI

Atmospheric pollution sensor first Ball contract with South Korea

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., May 13, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute
(KARI) to build the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS)
for the National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of
Environment of South Korea.


GEMS is a geostationary scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrometer designed to
monitor trans-boundary pollution events for the Korean peninsula and
Asia-Pacific region. The spectrometer provides high spatial and high temporal
resolution measurements of ozone, its precursors, and aerosols. Hourly
measurements by GEMS will improve early warnings for potentially dangerous
pollution events and monitor long-term climate change.

Ball Aerospace and KARI will design, fabricate and test GEMS which is
manifested on KARI's GEO-KOMPSAT-2B geostationary satellite for a 2018

"Ball is excited to be working with KARI to provide this environmental sensor
and enable greater monitoring of pollution," said Cary Ludtke, vice president
and general manager of Ball's Operational Space business unit. "This
international collaboration represents the beginning of an important

The GEMS instrument is the Asian element of a global air quality monitoring
constellation of geostationary satellites that includes the Tropospheric
Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) spectrometer. Ball is the TEMPO
instrument provider for NASA Langley Research Center and Harvard Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory on this Earth Venture line program.

"Both TEMPO and GEMS take advantage of our expertise and technology developed
for previous ultraviolet-visible instruments and benefit from a proven track
record," said Ludtke.

For more than 30 years, Ball Aerospace has been a recognized industry leader
in developing advanced spectrometers. Ball recently provided the Ozone Mapping
and Profiler Suite aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership and is
building a similar instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System.
Historically, Ball was the primary supplier of spectrometers for the Hubble
Space Telescope including the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph, Space
Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. 

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