Ball Aerospace Completes Final Phase of $75M Colorado Expansion

JPSS mission (Photo: Ball Aerospace)
JPSS mission (Photo: Ball Aerospace)

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has opened the door on a new era of space programs by celebrating the completion of an advanced satellite manufacturing center that more than doubles current spacecraft production capability. The 90,000-square-foot expansion is designed to accommodate larger and more sophisticated satellites and simultaneous spacecraft builds to fulfill new NASA and the Department of Defense contracts for space-related assets.

The $75M capital investment includes expansion and improvements underway since 2005 at Ball’s Fisher Integration Facility in Boulder, CO, and comes on the heels of the opening of expanded facilities at the company’s manufacturing center in Westminster, CO, in 2011.

“The expansion we proudly unveil affirms our commitment to growing Colorado’s dynamic aerospace economy,” said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO.

The larger aerospace manufacturing complex in Boulder includes a 60 percent increase in clean room space, state of the art environmental testing systems, and build-out capacity for a larger thermal vacuum chamber to test spacecraft. These spacecraft include NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), the WorldView-3 remote-sensing satellite for DigitalGlobe, the Sentinel Mission for the B612 Foundation and multiple Department of Defense and national security missions. The new facilities enable Ball to provide the full range of manufacturing, assembly, integration and test capabilities needed to be the industry’s go-to partner for high performance satellites and instruments.

Ball Aerospace has more than 2,800 employees and reported sales of $784 million in 2011. In the past five decades, the company’s strength has grown in several areas, including space science and exploration; space-based monitoring of the Earth’s weather and environment; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; supporting the military in creating an integrated battlespace; and building space superiority for the nation. Ball is also a leading provider of commercial remote-sensing satellites.

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.