Ball Aerospace Wins Study Contract For Weather and Environment Observing System
October 30, 2003
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today announced the receipt of a contract award to develop a system architecture for the next generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) system, planned for launch in 2012. The GOES satellite system provides imagery and associated data used to predict our planet's weather and to monitor the environment. Under this contract, Ball Aerospace will develop an end-to-end configuration for the satellites and associated ground system for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"We are very committed to the work being done on the GOES program," said David L. Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. "Instruments and spacecraft that are designed to study weather and the environment are a big part of our heritage at Ball Aerospace and a key focus for our current and future business."
The GOES satellites provide critical data used by forecasters at the National Weather Service to predict the weather and monitor many aspects of the environment. From their geosynchronous orbits, these satellites continuously observe the Earth, tracking routine weather patterns as well as the development of severe weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes. The GOES data are increasingly important to forecasters as they strive to improve the reliability of weather and climate predictions. NOAA will use the results from the GOES-R system architecture studies to enhance the performance of the GOES system in support of this objective.
Ball Aerospace will apply its nearly 50 years of experience building space instrumentation and high performance spacecraft to the GOES-R architecture study. The company has extensive environmental and weather spacecraft and sensor experience, including two series of instruments used by NASA and NOAA to monitor ozone depletion. Ball Aerospace has built spacecraft for NASA to measure winds over the Earth's oceans, and is currently developing spacecraft and sensors for two NASA missions to evaluate the three-dimensional global distribution of clouds. Ball Aerospace is building the spacecraft for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) for NASA, and is building the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument for NPOESS. In support of GOES-R, Ball Aerospace is also nearing completion of a development study for one of the two primary sensors, the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). This extensive experience of successfully building weather and climate sensing instruments and highly capable spacecraft is expected to benefit the development of the GOES-R system architecture.
Ball Aerospace conducts domestic and international business in the defense, civil and commercial space arenas, providing best value and innovative solutions. The company supports national policy-makers, the military services, NASA and other U.S. Government agencies, as well as numerous aerospace industry companies.
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