Boulder Colorado Job Market Improving Thanks Partly to Ball Aerospace

I’ve heard that Ball Aerospace in Boulder is hiring again.  A friend who works for Seakr Engineering was talking with me at lunch the other day about how their business is up, and one of the sources is Ball Aerospace.

Apparently Ball has several new contracts related to Satellite production. The word on the street is that Ball does a good job of re-hiring former employees, so that’s great for locals who may have seen job changes recently.

I have a few quotes from the Ball website on recent contracts from this year, all of which are making a very positive impact on the local job market.

September 23, 2010

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. a contract for the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite. Procured by NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), JPSS-1 will ensure continuity of vital climate and weather data records.

Ball Aerospace will be responsible for designing and building the JPSS-1 satellite bus, integrating all instruments, and performing satellite-level testing and launch support. Ball Aerospace is also under contract to deliver NPP, the precursor spacecraft to JPSS-1, as well as the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS), one of the critical scientific instruments to fly aboard the JPSS-1 spacecraft. NPP recently
completed its pre-environmental review in preparation for pre-flight testing.

September 20, 2010

Ball Aerospace will manufacture, test and deliver OMPS, support instrument integration on the JPSS-1 spacecraft, and provide launch and post-launch support. The instrument will be similar to the OMPS planned for flight on the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission scheduled to launch in the fall of 2011.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a sole source contract for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) instrument on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. JPSS is scheduled to launch in 2014.

April 2010:

The U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego has selected Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for Geosat Follow-on 2 (GFO-2), the next generation ocean altimetry satellite. GFO-2 measurements will be used for global ocean, and tactical battlespace characterization.

Under the GFO-2 contract, Ball Aerospace will upgrade the payloads, as compared to the original GFO satellite that was launched in 1998, with a dual frequency radar altimeter, and provide enhanced radio frequency interference immunity with significantly reduced data latency. The GFO-2 satellite will be operated from the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center located at Kirtland Air Force Base. The altimetry data will be processed at the Naval Oceanographic Office located at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.

This is why the Boulder County market is so strong… Jobs!  Boulder continues to be a magnet for its lifestyle, location and strong local economy.

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