Ball Aerospace's QuikSCAT Celebrates Eighth On-Orbit Anniversary

Jun 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

    BOULDER, Colo., June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Quick
 Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) satellite built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies
 Corp. completed eight years of outstanding on-orbit operations today,
 performing six years beyond its minimum two-year mission requirement.
 QuikSCAT continues to return critical wind data to forecast hurricanes and
 El Nino effects and pinpoint typhoons and other marine storms, as well as
 help scientists measure the mass of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.
     QuikSCAT data has improved the warning time for tropical cyclone
 development in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane basins. Using
 wind field data from QuikSCAT, researchers are able to detect potential
 cyclones in these regions earlier than traditional capabilities allowed.
 This early detection of storms could allow residents more time to prepare
 for adverse weather conditions.
     "QuikSCAT has clearly demonstrated its reliability to both government
 and commercial customers, providing quality forecasting data to scientists
 and meteorologists -- the type of data that could easily be extended with a
 new scatterometer mission," said David L. Taylor, president and CEO of Ball
     QuikSCAT is a polar orbiting satellite with an 1800 km wide measurement
 swath on the earth's surface, circling the earth from a distance of 800 km
 (500 miles). Generally, this results in 400,000 measurements daily over a
 given geographic region. The onboard SeaWinds scatterometer has enhanced
 global climate research by recording sea-surface winds over the oceans on a
 25km x 25km spatial scale.
     NASA awarded its first Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition fixed-price
 contract to Ball Aerospace for the QuikSCAT, which was completed in 11
 months -- an industry record for a spacecraft of its size. The QuikSCAT
 Ball Commercial Platform (BCP 2000) architecture has since been used for
 the Ball Aerospace-built QuickBird I and II satellites, the ICESat and
 CloudSat satellites, and the National Polar-Orbiting Operational
 Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project.
     Designed to measure ocean winds, SeaWinds has proven useful in many
 other applications. Earlier this year, it detected the most widespread
 Antarctic melting ever observed using satellites during the past three
 decades. In 1999, it detected a mammoth, previously lost iceberg called
 B10A in the Drake Passage shipping lane. The iceberg is now tracked for the
 National Ice Center to route supply ships into and out of Antarctica's
 McMurdo station.
     QuikSCAT was built for the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet
 Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The scatterometer sensor was built by JPL. The
 satellite is operated through a subcontract with the University of
 Colorado/Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
     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. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been
 responsible for numerous technological and scientific 'firsts' and acts as
 a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
     Ball Corporation (NYSE:   BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and
 plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household customers, and
 of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S.
 government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500
 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.
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