When it comes to space, what goes up must be sturdy, safe and secure if it's to live very long. Satellites must survive the bone-rattling jostle and pressure of launch, and once they reach orbit, they've got to weather the vast temperature changes they experience with every sunrise and sunset. Their skins must be thick enough to survive pummeling by micro-debris, and they'd better have trusty gyroscopes to be able to change directions or keep their balance.
That's why space-bound objects undergo thorough testing at firms like Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., builders of satellite skeletons, gyroscopes, advanced instruments, and mason jars. (Well, that's a different division.)
Ball's research and development campus in Boulder, Colo., was the birthing grounds of lofty craft like the satellite that discovered the ozone hole; the Kepler planet-hunting telescope; most of the instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope; and the satellites that provide images for Google Earth.
PopSci recently paid a visit and got a glimpse of the arduous process of building and testing a spacecraft.
Did anyone else notice how the logo on the back of the guy's clean suit resembles a logo used for softball or baseball teams. I guess the uniforms are multi-purpose.
That is the logo of ball. My grandma does a lot of canning, so I know that symbol well. I guess it does resemble a softball/baseball loge.
Useful information, even if you'll never need it.
Machines multi-tasking. Perhaps the machine that made your toothbrush which you need, also makes mud flaps for trucks which you may not need. The Ball glass machine which made your mason jar or drinking glass, can also make crack pipes, etc. It's about technology of multi-tasking machinery which eliminates employees. Which only the ones on top will profit the most.