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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Obtains SEI SW-CMM Level 3 Rating for Software Development Capabilities

June 16, 2005

Boulder, Colo. –– Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has received a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Software Capability Maturity Model® (SW-CMM) Level 3 rating for its software development capabilities. This rating is a major milestone for Ball Aerospace in its software process improvement program and demonstrates Ball’s commitment to continuous improvement. This also affirms a consistent and unified approach in all areas of software development life cycle, including engineering, project management, and support activities.

“Achieving this milestone attests to the commitment Ball Aerospace has made to continuous improvement,” said Software Engineering Department Manager Raymond Cooper.

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense SEI’s objective is to provide leadership in software engineering and in the transition of new software engineering technology into practice. The Carnegie Mellon SEI SW-CMM® is a model for judging the maturity of software processes within an organization and for identifying the key practices that are required to ensure disciplined software development. The model defines five steps of process development with level five being the highest achievement.

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products to the beverage and food industries. The company also owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems and components for government and commercial markets. Ball employs more than 13,200 people worldwide and reported 2004 sales of $5.4 billion.

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