NASA Awards NOAA GOES-R Instrument Contract
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Cynthia M. O'Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
Contract Release: C07-46
WASHINGTON -- NASA, in coordination with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental
Satellites Program, has awarded an instrument contract to Lockheed
Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Md. The contract is for one instrument,
with three options for additional instruments. The total estimated value
including options is $178 million.
The contractor will design and develop the Solar Ultraviolet Imager
instrument, which will fly on the next generation of geostationary
satellites. The first satellite in the GOES-R series is set to launch in
The instrument will provide broadband imaging in the extreme ultraviolet
wavelength to monitor dynamic features on the sun, from coronal holes to
flares. It also will provide better direct measurements of solar
features. These data are used for geomagnetic storm forecasts and
predictions of solar energetic particle events related to flares.
The contractor will provide post-delivery support for the Solar
Ultraviolet Imager. Most of the work will be performed at Lockheed
Martin's facility in Palo Alto, Calif.
NOAA funds, operates and manages the GOES-R Program. NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages the acquisition of GOES-R
instruments for NOAA.