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NASA Recognizes Ball Aerospace Employees for JWST and CloudSat Missions
May 29, 2007
BOULDER, CO, May 29, 2007 – Four Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. engineers are being recognized by NASA this month for their distinguished accomplishments on critical space exploration and scientific discovery missions.
Paul Lightsey, Ball Aerospace mission system engineering staff consultant for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, NASA’s highest honor given to a non-governmental employee. The medal is given only when the contribution is so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.
NASA also awarded its Exceptional Service Medal to two Ball employees: Randy Coffey, CloudSat program manager; and Steve Long, the CloudSat mission operations lead. The award is granted for significant sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creative ability that clearly demonstrates substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, space flight, administration, support, or space-related endeavors which contribute to NASA. In addition, the entire Ball Aerospace CloudSat team was awarded the NASA Group Achievement Award to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments through the coordination of many individual efforts that contribute substantially to a NASA mission. It is the highest honor the agency gives to non-government personnel groups.
Also this month, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center recognized Scott Acton for significant achievement on one of the 10 advanced JWST technologies that prove maturity prior to JWST spacecraft development. Acton has been instrumental in demonstrating wavefront sensing and control algorithms. He was one of five engineers across the entire JWST program to receive Goddard’s special recognition “Webbie” award this year.
Ball Aerospace is the providing the advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system for the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2013. For Cloudsat, launched in 2006, Ball built the spacecraft and tested and integrated the Cloud Profiling Radar payload.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important 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. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and now acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.
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