Space-based Instruments & Sensors

Industry-proven experience across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

An industry leader in remote sensing and optics, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. specializes in these space-based instruments and sensors:

  • Payloads (hyperspectral, hypertemporal, electro-optical, infrared, active imaging)
  • Sensors and Instruments (spectrometers, radiometers, advanced cameras, spectrographic)
  • Optics (optical trains, telescopes)

Ball Aerospace is perhaps best known for its work on the Hubble Space Telescope. All of the science instruments currently aboard the landmark telescope have been built by Ball Aerospace. The company’s Global Precipitation Measurement-Microwave Imager (GMI), launched February 2014, is playing a critical role in Earth’s weather and environmental forecasting. As the most precise radiometer in the GPM constellation, GMI is setting the gold-standard for data accuracy for all other radiometers in the eight satellite Global Precipitation Measurement constellation.

In the defense arena, Ball Aerospace applies its capabilities in instruments and payloads to critical national security missions such as the Space-Based Space Surveillance system.

Ball has also developed the optical system for the successor to Hubble,  NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, slated for a 2018 launch.


Satellites & Spacecraft

Instruments & Sensors

Tactical Electro-Optical

Technical Services




Antennas & Microwave Systems

Aerospace Technologies
& Components

Facilities & Testing