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BALL CORPORATION AWARDED NAVY GEOSAT FOLLOW-ON SATELLITE CONTRACT

 BALL CORPORATION AWARDED NAVY GEOSAT
 FOLLOW-ON SATELLITE CONTRACT
 MUNCIE, Ind., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) a $46 million contract to build the GEOSAT Follow-On (GFO) radar altimeter satellite. The contract includes options for two additional satellites and ground support, which could bring the total contract value to $115 million.
 Scheduled for a 1995 launch, GFO will accurately measure ocean topography for the Department of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. GFO will be vital to the accuracy of global ocean circulation models under development by the Navy. GFO will also provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with measurements of ocean circulation for use in climate and long-range weather forecasting, and global change predictions.
 The Ball-built GFO will be an operational, fully-redundant, tactical satellite with an eight-year design life. Weighing approximately 660 pounds, the satellite will provide direct, real-time data downlink to 65 shipboard or shore receiving facilities. GFO will use the Global Positioning System (GPS) for precision orbit determination.
 Ball's Space Systems Division will build the GFO spacecraft, and Ball's Communication System Division will be a major supplier of spacecraft antennas. Ball's teammate, E-Systems, ECI Division, will be responsible for the spacecraft's prime payload, a radar altimeter. This will provide highly accurate measurements of the sea surface heights.
 "GFO puts Ball in a leadership position of building small, operational tactical satellites," said Ball Space Systems Division president, Jesse W. Moore. "We believe this is the trend of the future. Ball's small, smart satellite technology initiative, TECHSTARS, is a major reason for our success and leadership in small satellite systems."
 Ball Corporation manufactures and markets packaging products, and provides aerospace systems and professional services to government and commercial customers. The company reported 1991 sales of $2.3 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Bradley D. Wilks, 317-747-6165 or 317-282-6198 after hours; or Larry D. Miller, 317-747-6170 or 317-286-5856 after hours, both of Ball Corporation/
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