Ball Aerospace has been awarded an Aviation Week Program Excellence Award for its work on NASA´s James Webb Space Telescope cryogenic electronics system, the company said.
The awards honor global aerospace and defense programs and projects, their leaders and their teams for going beyond meeting requirements to exemplify the best in value creation, leadership, adapting to complexity and executing with excellence. Ball is the principal subcontractor to Northrop Grumman for the optical technology and optical system design, including the cryogenic electronics system.
The 22 one-of-a kind cryogenic electronic flight boxes are responsible for aligning the Webb Telescope´s 18 hexagonal mirror segments to function as a single, monolithic mirror. This unique engineering challenge requires each box to operate between -405.6 degrees FÂ° (30K) and room temperature to multiplex signals from the warm control electronics to one mirror actuator at a time.
The Webb Telescope is the most powerful space telescope ever built and will provide images of the first galaxies formed and study planets around distant stars. It is a joint project between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
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Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the US government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,450 people worldwide and 2016 net sales were USD 9.1 billion.