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Ball Aerospace's Eric Bachtell Honored by Popular Mechanics for Kepler Mission
October 13, 2009
Eric Bachtell has been honored by Popular Mechanics with a 2009 Breakthrough Award for his work on NASA's Kepler Mission.
BOULDER, Colo. –Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.’s Eric Bachtell, chief systems engineer for the Kepler program, has been honored by Popular Mechanics with a 2009 Breakthrough Award for his work on NASA’s planet-finding mission.
The 2009 Popular Mechanics awards recognized life-changing innovations in a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at the Hearst Tower in New York City. The breakthrough awards celebrate innovations poised to change the world, and the passionate, smart creators behind them, according to the magazine.
“The 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards not only capture the imagination, they hold the potential to improve and even save lives,” said James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics. “We are pleased to honor this year’s diverse list of visionaries and applaud their efforts.”
The Kepler mission, led by Dr. William Borucki, science principal investigator, is a mission to search for rocky, Earth-sized planets around other stars and was honored by Popular Mechanics in the astronomy category. The observatory launched on March 6, 2009 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Ball Aerospace was the prime contractor for NASA’s Kepler Mission, having built the photometer and spacecraft, and managed system integration and testing for the Discovery Class mission.
As Chief Systems Engineer, Bachtell, who joined Ball in 1998, led the Kepler team through the complete program life cycle and was responsible for end-to-end performance of the flight segment and ground mission operations.
“Eric did an outstanding job on the Kepler mission for Ball and it’s great to see him acknowledged by one of America’s top publications devoted to science and technology,” said John Troeltzsch, Kepler program manager for Ball Aerospace.
“This award is a great honor, but I was not alone in making Kepler a success,” said Bachtell. “Over 2000 Ball Aerospace employees worked on Kepler and they all deserve to be recognized for an outstanding job.”
Popular Science presented awards in several other categories including energy, space exploration, aviation, medicine, transportation, etc. For the complete list 2009 Popular Mechanics breakthrough awards link to: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4333420.html
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