Press Release

Ball Aerospace Showcases Phased Array Innovations for Commercial and Government Applications at SATELLITE 2017

By SpaceRef Editor
March 6, 2017
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Ball Aerospace is leveraging its decades of work for the U.S. government in civil, defense and intelligence applications for the benefit of commercial markets at this year’s SATELLITE 2017 show. As evidenced by recent collaborations with World View, Spire Global, OmniEarth and other partners, Ball’s expertise in space-based and tactical remote sensing systems, data analytics, optical communications and phased array terminals are transforming the commercial marketplace in terms of accessibility and affordability. 

For example, Ball is harnessing its experience with state-of-the-art phased array technology to develop commercially viable phased array-based terminals at an affordable price point for high throughput satellite (HTS) service providers. This is enabled by recent innovations in the commercial wireless industry and industry investments to drive technological advancements and reduce costs.

Ball’s expertise on phased array and remote sensing capabilities will be on display throughout SATELLITE 2017 in a series of high-level panel discussions and at Booth #1323 in the Exhibit Hall. Ball Aerospace leaders will also share their expertise in the following panel discussions:

Monday, March 6:

  • “SGx.” Hosted by the Future Space Leaders Foundation and the Space Generation Advisory Council, this program connects young professionals and industry veterans in the satellite community. Debra Facktor Lepore, Ball Aerospace vice president and general manager, strategic operations and commercial aerospace business, will discuss the value of mentorship in the aerospace industry. Room 207A at 11:00 a.m.
  • “Phased Array-based Terminal for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ecosystems.” Moderated by Peter Moosbrugger, chief technologist for phased array technologies at Ball Aerospace. Panel features Jim Chambers, vice president of engineering at XTAR, and Dave Corman, chief systems architect at Anokiwave. Room 201 at 11:40 a.m.
  • “Advanced Earth Imaging: Leveraging Public and Private Data Sets.” Moderated by Debra Facktor Lepore, Ball Aerospace. Panel features Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global, Jane Poynter, CEO of World View, and Dr. Lars Dyrud, CEO of Omni Earth. Room 201 at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7:

  • “Startup Space.” Startup Space gives entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their space startup idea to a panel of highly qualified, experienced, and accomplished space professionals, investors, thought leaders and fellow entrepreneurs. Ball Aerospace’s Debra Facktor Lepore will give a Flash-Talk at the beginning of the event and Dave Fischer, strategic operations manager, will serve on the judging panel. SATELLITE Unveiled Theater, Exhibit Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.  We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,450 people worldwide and 2016 net sales were $9.1 billion. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

SpaceRef staff editor.