Scientists gear up to launch revolutionary technology into deep space that will provide the most advanced solar storm warning system to date. The spacecraft includes new research systems that also will better monitor Earth's atmosphere and land.
U.S. Congress has approved funding to ensure the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite system developed to monitor for potentially disastrous sun storms, is a go for a January space launch.
If a key weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration goes down before its replacement launches, the agency needs to mitigate the forecasted gap in data collection by relying on commercial weather data, a U.S. congressman says.
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.
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.
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.
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies received an $80 million contract from Harris Corporation to design, manufacture and install six new 16-meter antennas and upgrade four 9-meter satellite communications antennas. Supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R series (GOES-R) program, the antennas will enable critical command, control, telemetry and sensor data communications between satellites and ground stations.