Three Firms To Formulate Next Generation Of GOES Instruments
Gretchen Cook-Anderson |
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Suitland, Md.
June 01, 2004
NASA has awarded three $20 million contracts. They are for the formulation phase work on the Hyperspectral Environmental Suite (HES) of instruments for the next generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"NOAA's HES requirements have been established based on a challenging mix of historical and new operational measurements," said Dr. Ghassem Asrar, NASA's Associate Administrator for Earth Science. "In response, the study teams have offered an exciting and creative set of implementation concepts needed to advance the nation's future weather forecasting capabilities. Their efforts over the next two years will provide NOAA with critical options for instrument design and operation to meet these needs," he added.
These formulation studies are Phase 1 of a Phased Acquisition using progressive down select. When these formulation studies are completed, a single contract will be awarded for instruments that will provide infrared and visible environmental data observation capabilities for the GOES-R Series of geosynchronous satellites to replace and augment the GOES N Series Sounder.
Under the terms of the firm-fixed price contracts, each company will study the minimum HES operational performance (threshold) tasks, as well as goal performance requirements and tasks. The period of performance for each of the contracts is 24 months. The firm-fixed price for the three contracts is $20 million each.
The prime contractor awardees are: BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H.; Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo.; and ITT Industries, Fort Wayne, Ind. Work will be performed at contractor sites.
The GOES Program is managed by NOAA, which establishes requirements, provides funding, and distributes environmental data for the United States. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., procures and manages the acquisition of the GOES satellites for NOAA.
For more information about the GOES satellites on the Internet, visit:
http://www.osd.noaa.gov/GOES/ Weather imagery and atmospheric sounding information is available on the Internet at:
http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:
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