NASA Names Ball Aerospace Contractor of the Year

BOULDER, CO /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has named Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. as a winner of the 2008 Goddard Contractor Excellence Award.

The prestigious award recognizes companies that have significantly contributed to the success of the Goddard Space Flight Center's mission. Ball Aerospace was commended in the large product category, for its program performance, process, and safety, quality improvements, customer satisfaction, commitment to diversity, and continuous improvement for the three-year period from 2005 to 2007.

In making the award, Goddard Associate Division Chief, Robert S. Lebair, Jr., said, "In promoting quality to the Goddard mission, Ball Aerospace provided a wealth of technical evidence and excellent customer satisfaction documentation."

"It's an honor to receive this significant award for our contributions and commitment to Goddard," said David L. Taylor, President and CEO of Ball Aerospace. "We have been supporting NASA GSFC for nearly five decades, and strive continuously to improve program, cost, and schedule performance to further Goddard's mission and that of all our customers."

Ball Aerospace's collaboration with GSFC has resulted in a successful partnership on a wide range of programs, including the Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Operational Land Imager, NPOESS Preparatory Project, QuickSCAT and ICESat, Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, and Cosmic Background Explorer.

About Ball Aerospace & Technologies
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. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific firsts and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.

About Ball
Ball Corp. is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food, and household customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corp. and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 sales of $7.4 billion.

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