Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. officially opened the doors Friday to a 90,000-square-foot, $75 million expansion.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. 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 90,000ft² 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, comes on the heels of the opening of expanded facilities at the company’s manufacturing center in Westminster, CO, in 2011.
“Ball Aerospace plays a vital role on many of our nation’s most critical programs and is committed to meeting customer mission needs for decades to come,” says David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO. “The expansion we proudly unveil today also affirms our commitment to growing Colorado’s dynamic aerospace economy.”
The larger aerospace manufacturing complex in Boulder includes a 60% increase in cleanroom 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, 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.