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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Cynthia O'Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301/614-5563)

John Leslie
NOAA, Suitland, Md.
(Phone: 301/457-5005)

Sept. 14, 2004
NASA Awards Contract For GOES Imaging Instruments
NASA announced selection of ITT Industries for the implementation phase work on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instruments for the next generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).

This implementation effort is the second phase of a two-part phased acquisition. The contractor will deliver infrared and visible environmental imaging instruments for the GOES-R Series of geo-synchronous satellites to replace older instruments. America and its international partners depend on observations from the two GOES satellites to monitor the Earth surface and weather related events such as hurricanes and storms and provide advance warning to the affected regions.

The new instruments upgrade U.S. weather satellites' technology to provide accurate, precise weather information with improved resolution to forecasters and other users in a timely manner. The work will be performed mainly at ITT's Fort Wayne, Ind. location.

Under the terms of a basic cost-plus-award fee contract, the company will design, develop, fabricate, integrate and test and provide post-delivery support for a prototype model and two flight models.

There are three options: one for a third flight model; one for a fourth flight model; and one for a spare flight model. The period of performance extends through the 10-year operational lifetime for each flight model. If all options are exercised, the potential period of performance will extend through 2029. The cost plus award fee of the contract, including all options is $358,909,846.

GOES is operated and managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., procures and manages the acquisition of the GOES satellites for NOAA.

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