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Ball Aerospace Opens the Aperture at 28th Annual National Space Symposium

April 13, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is the sponsor of the Space Foundation’s Exhibit Center and Pavilion at the 28h National Space Symposium, “Opening the Aperture” for new technologies, performance and innovation. The Symposium will be held April 16-19 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO.

Press Kit Available Here: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=272

Ball’s recent accomplishments will be on display at booth #403 as we demonstrate our role in providing new ways of understanding the Earth, actionable intelligence to the warfighter, and discoveries of new worlds beyond our galaxy.

“The National Space Symposium is known for being the premiere showcase for U.S. space policy and programs and Ball Aerospace is pleased to sponsor this year’s must-attend event,” said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO.

Ball recently shipped the GMI instrument for NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission scheduled to launch in 2014. Ball’s Operational Land Imager for NASA’s 2013 Landsat Data Continuity Mission shipped in late 2011. Also, the Ball-built Suomi NPP satellite for NASA and NOAA, launched in October 2011, is now fully-functional with all five instruments powered, protected and processing science data at the expected data rates. Meanwhile, Ball continues to build the first next generation polar-orbiting satellite for NOAA - JPSS-1 - scheduled to launch in 2017. In addition, Ball’s STPSat-2 standard interface vehicle for the USAF has completed its first year of on-orbit experiments.

As part of the Symposium, the Ball Aerospace-built Kepler spacecraft will be honored with the John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration on Mon., April 16. Ball Aerospace is NASA’smission prime contractor for Kepler, designed to search for Earth-size planets around other stars. Ball Aerospace built the photometer and spacecraft, and managed system integration and test for the mission.

Also at this year’s Symposium, Ball Aerospace Vice President and Lead Executive for the Defense and Intelligence Community, Fred Doyle, will participate on the panel: Satellite Operators & Manufacturers – Part I, on Wed., April 18.

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Roz Brown
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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Office: 303-533-6059
Mobile: 720-581-3135
rbrown@ball.com

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for 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.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.

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