Space Newsfeed

Ball Aerospace conducted successful evaluation of testbed for DARPA's Hallmark program

(26 April 2018 - Ball Aerospace) Ball Aerospace successfully completed the second of five evaluations of the Space Evaluation and Analysis Capability (SEAC) testbed it is developing for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Hallmark program, demonstrating its open-architecture, open development and developer-community driven approach. The program is advancing technologies that deliver real-time space-domain awareness to command and control and protect space assets.

"As the SEAC provider, Ball is leveraging its heritage with operational system development to innovate new technologies with open-source software," said Steve Smith, vice president, Systems Engineering Solutions (SES) business, Ball Aerospace. "This open-architecture model will lend itself to tool developers and help create efficiencies in the government environment, ultimately protecting vital space assets."

The role of the Hallmark program SEAC testbed is to support multiple tools and technologies developed by various companies and academic institutions that will make up the system's technical capabilities and include operator interfaces, simulation and scenario playback capabilities to stimulate these tools. Ball is embracing DARPA's "zero-integrator" approach to the SEAC testbed design, which eliminates the single-contractor integration bottleneck in traditional acquisition models, and is implementing modern DevOps software development practices that empower external tool developers to deliver new capabilities faster without risking system security or stability by developing and testing in an operations-like environment.

"To assess the effectiveness of the testbed and tools during the recent evaluation event, Ball simulated three different government-provided scenarios that required a timely analysis and response," said Carl Fischer, chief technologist, Advanced ISR Solutions, Ball Aerospace. "Leveraging our development environment and simulated operation floor, Ball demonstrated the speed at which the system can be updated."

Tool developers independently identified areas for improvement and delivered software updates in less than three hours. Then within an hour, Ball engineers deployed the updates and were able to show that the additional functionality was available in the system.

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.  We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2017 net sales of $11 billion.