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Ball Aerospace Names Jim Oschmann, Cary Ludtke Leads for New Space Units

Jim Oschmann

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has separated its civil and operational space business unit into a civil space and technology unit and an operational space unit.

Cary Ludtke
Cary Ludtke

The company said the realignment took effect Jan. 2, with Jim Oschmann serving as vice president and general manager of the civil space unit and Cary Ludtke holding the same titles for the operational space unit.

Oschmann previously served as VP and GM for tactical solutions and is succeeded in that capacity by three-decade aerospace veteran Rob Freedman.

Oschmann will oversee Ball’s science and technology development projects for civil customers and be responsible for programs such as the James Webb Space Telescope, Green Propellant Infusion Mission and Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution.

Rob Freedman
Rob Freedman

He joined Ball in 2004 and has served on review panels and advisory boards for NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.

Ludtke, a nearly three-decade company veteran, will continue leading programs such as the Joint Polar Satellite System, Operational Land Imager and programs supporting the U.S. civil weather system.

The company said those programs include the WorldView-3, FalconEye, Sentinel, the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer and the Geostationary Ocean Color Imager II.

He will also be responsible for developing expansion plans for commercial and international markets.

Freedman, a 28-year naval aviation veteran, most recently served as Ball’s director for radio frequency applications and strategic initiatives.

He also has served as a program manager, capture lead, business area manager and an advanced systems manager.

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