Ball Aerospace delivers operational land imager 2

Colorado-based Ball Aerospace has announced it has delivered the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) for Landsat 9, the company said.

Ball Aerospace said it has completed the development of the instrument on schedule and under budget. Ball will continue to support instrument integration and spacecraft-level testing, working closely with NASA and the Landsat 9 spacecraft provider.

The Operational Land Imager 2 design is a virtual copy of the instrument´s predecessor, which launched in 2013 on the Landsat 8 spacecraft and is operating past its design life with no interruptions to operations for more than six years. OLI-2 is a push-broom sensor with a four-mirror telescope that takes measurements in the visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The instrument images the entire globe every 16 days at resolutions as high as 15 meters, which is sufficient to resolve land cover features such as forests, farms and urban centers.

A partnership between NASA and the US Geological Survey and industry, Landsat Earth-observing satellite missions have gathered multispectral imagery from space for more than 45 years, helping scientists understand the impacts of human activity and natural events on our planet through constant monitoring of land changes. Landsat 9 is the latest satellite in the Landsat series–it will continue Landsat´s record-setting archive of Earth´s land surface upon its 2020 launch.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the US government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2018 net sales of USD 11.6 billion.