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5 Weeks and Counting: New NOAA Weather Satellite Readies for Launch

December 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

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. 

Funding Puts DSCOVR Weather Satellite on Schedule for January Liftoff

October 2, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

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.  

Congressman: NOAA Should Rely on Commercial Data for Weather Forecasts

September 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

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 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.

General Dynamics Receives $80 Million for Satellite Communications Antennas

August 27, 2010
By George Seffers

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. The system supports weather forecasting, severe storm tracking and meteorology research.

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