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12/17/04

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INSTRUMENT STUDIES AWARDED FOR NOAA GOES-R SPACECRAFT

On behalf of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA has awarded two contracts to perform design and risk reduction for the Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) of instruments for NOAA’s next generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)-R series spacecraft. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The SEISS is a suite of three particle sensor instruments: a magnetospheric particle sensor (MPS), a solar and galactic proton sensor (SGPS) and an energetic heavy ion sensor (EHIS). These instruments will provide data essential to NOAA’s space weather operations and to the long-term record of changing conditions in the space environment. The SEISS is one of five instruments planned for launch in 2012 on the first GOES-R series of spacecraft.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMATC) received a firm-fixed contract in the amount of $2 million. They will perform the work at the LMATC facility in Palo Alto, Calif. and at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Assurance Technology Corporation (ATC) received a firm-fixed price contract in the amount of $1,827,499. They will perform the work at the ATC facility in Carlisle and Chelmsford, Mass., and at AMPTEK, Inc., in Bedford, Mass. Both contracts have a nine-month period of performance.

Under the terms of the contracts, the firms will study the minimum SEISS operational performance (threshold) tasks, as well as goal performance requirements and tasks.

GOES-R will be the follow-on system to the GOES-I-P. Operating as a single end-to-end program with new and enhanced capabilities, the GOES-R system will provide environmental information over a greater geographical location in less time and at higher resolutions. These satellites will provide critical atmospheric, oceanic, climatic, solar and space infrared and imaging data of the entire United States surface and atmosphere to support all of NOAA’s mission goals in ecosystems, climate, weather and water, and commerce and transportation.

NOAA manages the overall GOES program and establishes requirements, provides funding, and distributes environmental data for the United States. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., teams with NOAA to acquire and manage each of the GOES satellites’ study, design and development. Specific GOES-R management roles and responsibilities for NOAA and NASA/GSFC are being finalized and will be detailed later.

NOAA’s Satellite and Information Services is the nation’s primary source of space-based oceanographic, meteorological, and climate data. It operates the nation’s environmental satellites, which are used for ocean and weather observation and forecasting, climate monitoring and other environmental applications. Some of the oceanographic applications include sea-surface temperature for hurricane and weather forecasting and sea-surface heights for El Niño prediction.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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