Ball Aerospace Completes Primary Structure for JPSS-1

            Ball Aerospace Completes Primary Structure for JPSS-1

First Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft on schedule for 2017 launch

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 3, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has achieved a pivotal milestone for assuring continuity of the nation's
future weather and storm forecasting by completing the primary bus structure
of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1). JPSS-1 is
the follow-on in a series of next generation satellites and is scheduled for
launch in early 2017.



Procured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), JPSS-1 will
continue the observations now provided by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting
Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, also built by Ball and launched in 2011.
The continuity these satellites provide on orbit is critical for ensuring the
nation's ability to accurately predict severe weather.

"We remain ahead of schedule in meeting our milestones," said Cary Ludtke,
vice president and general manager for Ball's Operational Space business unit.
"JPSS-1 will operationalize the advanced technologies currently being
demonstrated on Suomi NPP, and with the satellite's core structure complete,
we can now push on to assembly, integration and test as we prepare for
instrument integration in November 2014."

JPSS will fly a suite of advanced technology remote-sensing instruments that

  oVisible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
  oCross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS)
  oAdvanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS)
  oOzone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS)
  oClouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES)

Ball is under contract to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to design and
build the JPSS-1 satellite bus, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS)
instrument, integrate all instruments, and perform satellite-level testing and
launch support.

JPSS-1 will provide essential data for civil and military weather-forecasting,
storm tracking, and climate-monitoring. The data from JPSS-1 will be used by
the National Weather Service in models for forecasts three to seven days ahead
of a severe weather event. This weather forecasting will allow scientists and
forecasters to monitor and predict weather patterns with greater speed and
accuracy, while also giving emergency managers and the public time to prepare.

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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