Emcore Corp. of Albuquerque, N.M., said April 16 that it was awarded a $6 million contract by Ball Aerospace & Technologies to design, manufacture, test and deliver solar panels for a new classified spacecraft the Boulder, Colo.-based company is building.
Revenue has been relatively flat for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.’s core space hardware manufacturing business, but that could change significantly in the next couple of years depending on key U.S. government decisions and the ability of mobile satellite services operator Iridium to secure financing for its next-generation constellation.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. was awarded a U.S. Navy contract that could be worth as much as $500 million if the service opts to proceed with construction of a new ocean-altimetry satellite, according to an April 14 Defense Department announcement.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) intends to award a $2.7 million, sole-source contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to continue providing technical support for instruments it built for the nation’s polar-orbiting weather satellites, according to a March 4 posting on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.
While being overshadowed by its parent company's much larger metal and plastic packaging business, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has quietly improved its performance across the board over the last four years.