Ball Aerospace OMPS Sensor for JPSS-1 Progressing Ahead of Schedule

Tue Jan 8, 2013 9:09am EST

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BOULDER, Colo.,  Jan. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument being built for the
first Joint Polar Satellite System satellite (JPSS-1) is progressing ahead of
schedule and on budget.

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The OMPS nadir sensor and main electronics box are in the final stages of unit
testing, with testing of the integrated sensor suite planned for early spring of
2013.  The current forecasted delivery date for the completed OMPS sensor is
late 2013, seven months ahead of the contractual delivery date.  The OMPS sensor
will eventually be integrated onto the JPSS-1 spacecraft, which is scheduled to
launch no later than the first quarter 2017.  

OMPS continues the ozone data record created by previous sensors flown since
1978. The OMPS advanced hyperspectral instrument is designed to measure
atmospheric ozone and how ozone concentration varies with altitude with improved
precision.  These data are used to monitor the health of the Earth's ozone
layer.  Higher spatial resolution of the JPSS-1 OMPS will also improve tracking
of volcanic and atmospheric aerosol events.  To enable the higher resolution and
high fidelity data products, the JPSS-1 OMPS is currently being radiometrically
calibrated on the ground at Ball Aerospace.   

This is the second OMPS sensor built by Ball Aerospace. An earlier version is
flying aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite
launched in 2011. The Suomi NPP OMPS delivered its first ozone measurements of
the Antarctic ozone hole in  October 2012, continuing a satellite record dating
from the early 1970s. The Suomi NPP OMPS was calibrated similarly, which
permitted a simple and fast transition from on-orbit validation to scientific
use of the sensor.  Results of the Suomi NPP OMPS have demonstrated its
capability to monitor ozone and other trace gases such as sulfur dioxide, along
with ultraviolet-absorbing aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere.  

Ball Aerospace also designed and built the Suomi NPP satellite bus, and is
currently building the JPSS-1 satellite bus under a contract to NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center.  Suomi NPP provides continuity of environmental and weather
observations between the Earth Observing System satellites and the JPSS
satellites.  The JPSS satellites are expected to maintain continuity of weather
and environmental observations into the late 2020s.  

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. For more
information, visit  www.ballaerospace.com.  

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high quality 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 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011
sales of more than  $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company
information, please visit  http://www.ball.com.



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