WorldView-3 Remote Sensing Spacecraft Ready for Launch

            WorldView-3 Remote Sensing Spacecraft Ready for Launch

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BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 5, 2014

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Ball Aerospace, DigitalGlobe,
Exelis and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services team have successfully
moved one step closer to launching the next-generation WorldView-3 commercial
remote sensing satellite.

The Ball Aerospace, DigitalGlobe, Exelis and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch
Services team have successfully moved one step closer to launching the
next-generation WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing satellite. Scheduled to
launch on August 13, the WorldView-3 satellite was encapsulated within the
rocket fairing on July 25. The payload fairing assembly is now at the
Vandenberg Air Force Base launch pad and mated to the 57-meter tall Lockheed
Martin Atlas V launch vehicle awaiting launch.

DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite was encapsulated within the rocket
fairing by engineers on July 25, and the satellite is scheduled to launch on
August 13 (11:30 a.m. PST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. WorldView-3
is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial
satellite for earth observations and advanced geospatial data. Operating at an
expected altitude of 617 kilometers, WorldView-3 will collect imagery with 31
centimeter resolution.

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The payload fairing assembly has been transported to the launch pad and mated
to the 57-meter tall Atlas V launch vehicle provided by Lockheed.

WorldView-3 will carry the Exelis-built 1.1 meter aperture telescope and the
primary visible/SWIR sensor, as well as the Ball Aerospace-developed CAVIS
instrument, which stands for Clouds, Aerosol, water Vapor, Ice, and Snow, that
will monitor the atmosphere and provide correction data when atmospheric
conditions obscure objects on Earth. As with previous DigitalGlobe satellites,
Ball was also responsible for development, integration and testing of the
WorldView-3 satellite.

DigitalGlobe recently received permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce
to sell even higher resolution satellite imagery. Once operational,
WorldView-3 will provide the commercial market images with significantly
greater clarity and spectral depth than anything previously available.

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 http://www.ballaerospace.com/.

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging
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 14,500 people
worldwide and reported 2013 sales of $8.5 billion. For more information, visit
www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth
observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better
understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time.
Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver
unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission
requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety,
civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas
exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers
of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information,
technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

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segments include product demand fluctuations; availability/cost of raw
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and weather; crop yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve
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restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or
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changes in foreign exchange or tax rates; b) our aerospace segment include
funding, authorization, availability and returns of government and commercial
contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties affecting
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and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions or public concerns
affecting products filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used
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and innovations; litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return on
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uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget, sequestration and debt
limit; reduced cash flow; ability to achieve cost-out initiatives; interest
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SOURCE Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Website: http://www.ballaerospace.com
Contact: Roz Brown, 303-533-6059, rbrown@ball.com, or Mary Engola,
703-284-5417, mengola@ball.com
 
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