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Northrop Gets Big Bucks to Modify Polar Satellite System

May 25, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems of Redondo Beach, California, is being awarded a nearly $428 million contract modification, which authorizes Northrop Grumman to perform design and development, including the incorporation of Defense Department mission assurance and compliance requirements, to modify the National Polar Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System baseline to establish the Defense Weather Satellite System baseline. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

NASA Awards Raytheon Two Contracts With a Combined Value of $1.7 Billion

September 27, 2010
By George Seffers

NASA has awarded two sole-source contracts on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the common ground system and a scientific instrument on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1). JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) that will make afternoon observations as it orbits Earth. The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument contract is valued at approximately $314 million with a period of performance through September 2018. Under this contract, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems will design, manufacture, test and deliver two VIIRS instruments. VIIRS will gather data on a wide range of Earth's properties, including the atmosphere, clouds, radiation budget, clear-air land and water surfaces, and sea surface temperature. Under the Common Ground System contract, valued at $1.4 billion, Raytheon will design, manufacture, test and deliver hardware, software, and related services for the mission operations of the JPSS ground system.

NASA Awards $248 Million Contract for Joint Polar Satellite System Spacecraft

September 24, 2010
By George Seffers

NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recently awarded a $248 million sole-source contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado. Ball will design, build and test the spacecraft; integrate government-furnished instruments; integrate the satellite with the launch vehicle; and support launch operations and on-orbit checkout. The spacecraft is a clone of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environment Satellite System Preparatory Project. JPSS-1 is expected to be ready for launch in 2014. The system includes the satellites and sensors supporting civil weather and climate measurements and a shared ground infrastructure with the Department of Defense weather satellite system.

ITT to Provide Cross-Track Infrared Sounder for Flight on Joint Polar Satellite System

September 22, 2010
By George Seffers

NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has awarded a $98 million contract to ITT Corporation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument planned for flight on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) in 2014. JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System. This includes the satellites and sensors supporting civil weather and climate measurements and a shared ground infrastructure with the Department of Defense weather satellite system.

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