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Ball Aerospace Selected for NASA's MSES II/A Team

December 12, 2006

Boulder, Colo.– Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected as part of a multi-contractor team for a five-year contract to provide engineering services to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Mechanical Systems Engineering Services II/A (MSES II/A) contract was awarded to the Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) Inc. team, of which Ball Aerospace is a member.

The MSES II/A task order contract provides engineering services and related services to the Mechanical Systems Division and related organizations throughout NASA/GSFC, as required, for the formulation, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of space flight and ground system hardware and software.  The team will also develop and validate new technologies to enable future space and science missions.

“MSES II/A is a strategic win for Ball Aerospace,” said David L. Taylor, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “It expands our already strong position as a provider of engineering and support services to the civil space market and affords us the opportunity to be an even larger contributor to Goddard Space Flight Center, a customer we’ve served for more than 40 years.”

The Ball Aerospace portion of the MSES II/A contract will require staffing of approximately 65 personnel.
 
Ball Aerospace is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2006. The company began building pointing controls for military rockets in 1956, and later won a contract to build one of NASA’s first spacecraft, the Orbiting Solar Observatory. Over the years, Ball Aerospace has  been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and now acts as a technology innovator for important national missions.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products and owns Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ball reported 2005 sales of $5.8 billion and employs 15,600 people.

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