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Ball Aerospace Cloud Cameras Fly Aboard NASA's Glory Mission
February 22, 2011
Boulder, Colo. – Two cloud cameras built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will fly aboard NASA’s Glory climate-monitoring mission scheduled to launch Wednesday, Feb. 23, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Ball Aerospace designed and built the semi-custom Glory cloud cameras for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center using standard CT-633 star tracker electronics and custom optics and software. The cloud cameras are mounted separately but will operate in conjunction with the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor, which provides data on the properties of black carbon and other types of aerosols as well as clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Glory cameras extend technologies first developed by Ball for the successful cloud camera flying onboard the Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) mission launched in 2006. Once on orbit, Glory will join CALIPSO as part of NASA’s A-train satellite formation of Earth-observation satellites.
The three-year Glory mission will contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Program by studying the causes and consequences of global environmental changes as well as helping to determine how to predict these changes.
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. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
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