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NASA Recognizes Ball Aerospace Employees for CALIPSO Mission
August 17, 2007
BOULDER, Colo. - August 17, 2007 – Ball Aerospace employees have been recognized by NASA for their distinguished accomplishments on the successful Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations satellite (CALIPSO) mission.
At a ceremony held July 13, Langley Research Center Director, Lesa B. Roe, presented the CALIPSO team with the NASA Group Achievement Award. The award acknowledges 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.
Ball Aerospace designed and built CALIPSO’s suite of scientific instruments that includes the CALIOP LIDAR and Wide-Field Camera. Since launch, the innovative lidar system has provided unique views of the atmosphere, including radiances from each of the instruments and vertical feature mask and cloud layer products not previously available. The lidar is an active sensor that transmits pulses of laser light and then monitors the interaction of this light with the atmosphere. These returns are providing new insight in the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols (airborne particles) play in regulating Earth’s weather, climate, water cycle, and air quality. CALIPSO is a joint mission between NASA and CNES, the French space agency.
CALIPSO was launched in tandem with the CloudSat satellite aboard a Boeing Delta II Rocket on April 28, 2006, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Together, the two satellites use state-of-the-art instruments as they orbit the globe to reveal detailed information about clouds and their effects on climate. Ball Aerospace also produced the spacecraft bus for the CloudSat mission, in cooperation with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Colorado State University.
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 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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