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Ball Aerospace Develops Flight Computers for Next-Generation Launch Vehicles

BOULDER, Colo. July 25, 2011

Cary Ludtke

Fault-tolerant computing is a key ingredient to human-rated launch vehicle architectures.  Ball Aerospace’s flight computers are human-rated by design, and provide a low-risk path to flight for NASA’s Space Launch System or commercial crew launch systems. The flight computers contain significant advances in throughput performance, I/O interfaces, and fault detection.  The design supports on-the-fly recovery of a failed flight computer based on hardware or flexible software voting.  

Hardware and software technologies developed by Ball Aerospace for future human spaceflight include: the vision navigation sensor and the high definition docking camera used to support the successful Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation (STORRM) Development for the STS-134 mission; phased array antennas; avionic assemblies; and cryogenic storage.

$7.6 billion

Forward-Looking Statements

SOURCE Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

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