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Ball Aerospace Wins OMPS Instrument Contract for Joint Polar Satellite System
September 20, 2010
BOULDER, Colo. - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a sole source contract for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) instrument on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. JPSS is scheduled to launch in 2014.
Ball Aerospace will manufacture, test and deliver OMPS, support instrument integration on the JPSS-1 spacecraft, and provide launch and post-launch support. The instrument will be similar to the OMPS planned for flight on the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission scheduled to launch in the fall of 2011.
“Delivery of the first OMPS for NPP was extremely rewarding and we expect to duplicate that success story on the OMPS instrument for JPSS,” said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager for Ball’s civil and operational space business unit.
Like its NPP predecessor, OMPS will monitor ozone, collect total column and vertical profile ozone data, and continue the current daily global data provided by the Ball-built Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer/2 and Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer, but with higher accuracy and precision.
JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). This includes the satellites and sensors that support civil weather and climate measurements, as well as a ground system that will be shared with the Department of Defense weather satellite system. NASA is acting as the acquisition agent to procure these assets. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has the lead for acquisition of the restructured program for NOAA.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
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