Ball Aerospace Completes Preliminary Design Review of NOAA Space Weather Satellite


BOULDER, Col., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ball Aerospace has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) spacecraft. With the PDR completed, the spacecraft now enters the critical design phase.

Ball won the contract to design and build the SWFO-L1 spacecraft on June 25, 2020 by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on behalf of NOAA. SWFO-L1 is an operational mission that will collect solar wind data and coronal imagery to support NOAA’s operational requirements for monitoring and forecasting solar storm activity. SWFO-L1 will be launched into an L1 orbit, which will allow upwind solar wind measurements and continuous, unobstructed observation of the solar corona without interference from Earth.

“Space weather events, such as solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and other high-energy emissions from the sun, can endanger astronauts in space, interfere with satellites, and damage communications infrastructure and power grid, resulting in a significant economic impact,” said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. “Once in orbit, SWFO-L1 will provide the nation with critical space weather information to help protect life and property and we are delighted to partner with NOAA and NASA Goddard on this important mission.”

The SWFO-L1 spacecraft is based on the Ballpoint Configurable Platform (BCP), which is a customizable and proven spacecraft designed for flexible and cost-effective applications, using common spacebus and standard payload interfaces for reduce costs, streamline payload hosting and minimize delivery times. Ball has a heritage of building spacecraft for NOAA operational weather missions, including NOAA-20 and the Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP).

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