STPSat-3 built by Ball Aerospace Arrives at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

    STPSat-3 built by Ball Aerospace Arrives at Wallops Flight Facility in
                                   Virginia

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 6, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The STPSat-3 satellite built by
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has arrived at Wallops Flight Facility
located on Wallops Island, Virginia. Slated to launch November 4, 2013 aboard
a Minotaur I, STPSat-3 is the primary satellite for the U.S. Air Force
Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-3 enabler mission.

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STPSat-3 is the second spacecraft Ball has built for the Department of
Defense, Space Test Program, Standard Interface Vehicle(STP-SIV) program,
managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Space
Development & Test Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.

"STPSat-3 will demonstrate the robust SIV spacecraft by carrying five payloads
and a de-orbit module," said Rob Strain, Ball Aerospace president. "Ball's
first SIV satellite, STPSat-2, launched in November 2010 and has exceeded its
mission requirements and continues to operate three onboard experiments."

Utilizing the Ball Aerospace flight-proven common spacecraft bus platform,
STPSat-3 bus was built in 47 days and has standard payload interfaces for its
five payloads, which include:

  oiMESA-R (Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer Reflight), a U.S.
    Air Force Academy mission designed to measure plasma densities and
    energies
  oJ-CORE (Joint Component Research), a space phenomenology mission sponsored
    by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/EO Countermeasures Technology
    Branch (RYMW) and Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)
  oSSU (Strip Sensor Unit), an AFRL Directed Energy (RD) experiment to
    provide risk reduction through on-orbit testing and operation of a sensor
    assembly
  oSWATS (Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer), a Naval Research
    Laboratory (NRL) mission to provide in-situ measurements of the neutral
    and plasma environment to characterize the Earth's ionosphere and
    thermosphere
  oTCTE (TSI Calibration Transfer Experiment), a NASA/NOAA mission to collect
    high accuracy, high precision measurements of Total Solar Irradiance (TSI)
    to monitor changes in solar irradiance incident at the top of the Earth's
    atmosphere with the TCTE instrument provided by the Laboratory for
    Atmospheric and Space Physics.

"The SIV is now part of the Ball Configurable Platform cost-effective product
line that can be appropriately scaled from initial technology development
missions like STPSat-3, to fully operational systems such as NOAA's Joint
Polar Satellite System," added Strain.

STPSat-3 will be launched along with numerous CubeSats as part of the ORS-3
mission. The ORS-3 enabler mission is demonstrating, testing and verifying
rapid response spacecraft technologies to decrease launch timelines and reduce
mission costs.

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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solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as
aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S.
government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 15,000 people
worldwide and reported 2012 sales of more than $8.7 billion. For more
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SOURCE Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Website: http://www.ballaerospace.com
Contact: Roz Brown, 303-533-0659, rbrown@ball.com, Mary Engola, 703-284-5417,
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