Ball Aerospace mission for NASA will test new kind of fuel for satellites

Greg Avery
Ball Aerospace mission for NASA will test new kind of fuel for satellites

A satellite Ball Aerospace built for NASA is scheduled to launch next week and test a “green” propellant that NASA is exploring as an alternate to fuel used by most spacecraft in orbit. The Boulder-based company, a division of international packaging giant Ball Corp. (NYSE: BLL), is the primary contractor for NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission, which, once in space, will use a low-toxicity fuel developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and thrusters developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The mission is scheduled to launch June 24 from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, at 9:30 p.m. MT time on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.