Business

November 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace wins S-Band phased array demonstration for NASA Space Launch System

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected to develop its S-Band phased array antenna for the next-generation U.S. Space Launch System under a NASA Research Announcement.

The Ball Reliable Advanced Integrated Network will deliver a single-solution prototype antenna that allows for sustained high data rate downlink from launch through mission completion. The high-performance antenna is operative for only seven-to-twelve minutes – the critical amount of time needed for sending telemetry and to video link to the ground during launch phase.

“Ball Aerospace is leveraging our company’s extensive phased array antenna expertise for the Defense Department to demonstrate the SLS antenna,” said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO. “Ball’s antenna design and adaptability ensures that data will be maintained even in the event of a vehicle anomaly.”

The SLS will be the most powerful rocket the U.S. has built since the Apollo-era Saturn V booster, and will carry humans deeper into space than ever before. This is Ball’s first contract win for the SLS.

As part of the company’s manned exploration portfolio, work is continuing on the Orion phased array antenna. Ball is also supplying other components to Lockheed Martin in support of Orion including docking cameras, star trackers and the vision navigation system which was demonstrated on STS-134. Ball Aerospace worked on flight avionics as part of the NASA Ares contract for human-rated launch capabilities to the Boeing Company. Ball is leveraging advanced, high reliability and fault tolerant systems technologies in pursuit of other human spaceflight business opportunities such as NASA’s Commercial Crew and the International Space Station.

The NASA NRA supports an evolutionary development strategy for SLS that allows for incremental progress within constrained budgets. To achieve this goal, NASA has solicited innovative development concepts from both industry and academic institutions that improve affordability, reliability or performance.

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.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines May 27, 2015

News: U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for military launches - SpaceX has been certified for military space launch, the U.S. Air Force announced May 26. The long-awaited announcement is a game changer, with SpaceX becoming only the second provider cleared by the service to launch national security payloads into orbit.   Business: Northrop Grumman CEO issues...
 
 

New’s Briefs May 27, 2015

U.S. military begins search flights for stranded Rohingya The United States has begun military surveillance flights to help locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people in Southeast Asian seas. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said May 26 that U.S. Navy P8 aircraft flew over the weekend with Malaysian support. Rathke said the U.S. has offered...
 
 
nasa-commercial-crew

Commercial Crew milestones met; partners on track for 2017 missions

NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission fro...
 

 
af-spacex

Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s Falco...
 
 

Northrop Grumman passes key design review for B-2 weapons management upgrade

Northrop Grumman has successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Air Force that its plans to upgrade key weapons management software for the B-2 stealth bomber are on track and ready to proceed to the next level of development. The company successfully completed the critical design review of the service’s Flexible Strike Phase 1 program on Feb...
 
 
boeing-space

Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>