Monday, January 28, 2013

Ball Aerospace completes $75 million expansion of satellite manufacturing facility

The 90,000-square-foot expansion project of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. -- a principal manufacturer of spacecraft, components and instruments -- has finally been finished, signaling the company’s aim to be one of aerospace prime contractors.

The expanded facility, which Ball Aerospace started building in 2005, will be used as a new satellite manufacturing center that will work on contracts for NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System, the B612 Foundation’s Sentinel Mission, DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 remote-sensing satellite, and various U.S Department of Defense and national security missions.

The company also stated that the expanded aerospace manufacturing center in Boulder includes new environmental testing systems, 60 percent more cleanroom space, as well as added built-out capacity for a bigger thermal vacuum chamber used to test spacecraft.

"We've been able to win a large number of (government) contracts because of our cost-effective model," said David Taylor, president and chief executive of Ball Aerospace. "We are going to grow that market while looking for other sources."

Taylor added, “The expansion we proudly unveil today also affirms our commitment to growing Colorado’s dynamic aerospace economy.”

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