Press Release

Ball Aerospace to Ship WISE Spacecraft

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2009
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Ball Aerospace to Ship WISE Spacecraft

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed a comprehensive pre-shipment review for NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE satellite. The pre-shipment review was completed on August 4 and followed assembly and performance testing. Ball Aerospace engineers have packed the satellite into a shipping container for delivery in mid-August to California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. WISE is scheduled to launch in December 2009 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket into an Earth orbit.

Ball Aerospace built the WISE spacecraft, integrated the WISE infrared cryogenic science instrument and performed testing requirements.

During the seven-month mission, WISE will survey the entire sky at infrared wavelengths to collect data and catalogue hundreds of millions of objects. The survey will be the most detailed to date in WISE’s infrared wavelengths.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages WISE for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Ned Wright of UCLA is the WISE Principal Investigator.

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.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic 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 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion.

SpaceRef staff editor.