Ball To Continue NASIC Support in Data Processing

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will continue to support the U.S. National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) in data processing and exploitation under task orders awarded by the Air Force and valued at more than $38 million, the company announced in separate press releases Nov. 10.

The company received two sets of task orders under a program called Advanced Technical Exploitation Program at the NASIC, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colo., is prime contractor on that effort.

One set of task orders, valued at more than $21 million, extends Ball’s contract to develop a system for exploiting space-based imagery for tactical military intelligence purposes. Since 2005, the company has been working on the center’s Integrated Over-head Persistent Infrared Tasking, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination System.

“This work enables the Department of Defense to exploit data from recently deployed [Over-head Persistent Infrared] sensors,” Dan Gibson, vice president and general manager of Ball’s Systems Engineering Solutions business unit, said in a statement.

The other set of task orders calls for Ball Aerospace to spend 18 months combining data streams from enhanced sensors on the Global Hawk and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles into the Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground System. The data will be used for situational awareness and detection of moving targets, Gibson said. The combined value of these task orders is more than $17 million.