Hubble Space Telescope

The four early observation images released Sept. 9, 2009. These four images are among the first made by the new Ball Aerospace-built Wide Field Camera 3.

Overview

Ball Aerospace is playing a major role in the success of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Deployed in 1990, the Hubble Telescope is an on-orbit astronomical observatory that is revolutionizing our understanding of the make-up of the universe.

Our Role

All of the instruments currently on board the Hubble Space Telescope are Ball Aerospace-built.

Ball Aerospace built the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), which were installed during Servicing Mission 4. The mission should extend the telescope’s operating life until at least 2013, and greatly enhance its scientific capability.

Ball Aerospace has been involved in the Hubble program throughout its history. The company delivered the following instruments for Hubble’s launch and subsequent servicing missions:

COS

COS

WFC3

WFC3

Each of the Ball Aerospace-built science instruments incorporated cutting-edge technological advancements that provided the Hubble Space Telescope with new capabilities, helping scientists peer into the heavens deeper than ever before.

 

Programs

CALIPSO

CloudSat

DSCOVR

EPOXI/Deep Impact

GEMS

GEO-TASO

GDPAA

GMI

Guardian

Green Propellant Infusion Mission

HiRISE

Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

JPSS

F-35/Lightning II

K2/Kepler

Landsat 8

Mast-Mounted Sight

Mk 20 Camera

MOIRE

New Horizons/Ralph

OMPS

Orion

QuickBird

QuikSCAT

SAGE

SAM

SBSS

SBUV/2

Seasparrow

Sentinel

Spitzer

STORRM

STP-SIV

Suomi NPP

TEMPO

WISE

WorldView spacecraft series

WorldView-1

WorldView-2

WorldView-3