On behalf of NOAA, NASA has awarded two contract awards to Exelis Space Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Harris Corporation, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, of El Segundo, California for the Polar Follow-On / Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) -3 and JPSS -4 Missions. The sole source contract modification to Exelis Space Systems, Inc. is for two Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instruments and the sole source contract modification to Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems is for two Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instruments.
The CrIS contract is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $316 million. The total value of this contract is increased from $385,203,769 by $316,030,564 to $701,234,333. This action extends the period of performance to 18 months after the launch of JPSS-4.
The Contractor will manufacture, test and deliver two CrIS instruments, support instrument integration on the JPSS-3 and 4 spacecrafts and provide launch and post-launch support. The CrIS instruments will be new builds of the CrIS design currently flying on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP Mission and planned for NOAA’s JPSS-1 and 2 missions.
CrIS is a high-spectral resolution infrared instrument that measures atmospheric temperature, water vapor and trace gases. Forecasters use this data in computer models to improve global and regional predictions of weather patterns, storm tracks and precipitation. This information significantly improves short- and long-term weather forecasting.
The VIIRS contract is a cost-plus-award-fee new work modification. The total value of this contract is increased from $571,227,466 by $563,583,823 to $1,134,811,289. This action extends the period of performance to 18 months after the launch of JPSS-4.
The Contractor will manufacture, test and deliver the VIIRS instruments, support instrument integration on the spacecraft and provide launch and post-launch support. The VIIRS Polar Follow-On / JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 instruments will be new builds of the VIIRS currently flying on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP Mission and planned for NOAA’s JPSS-1 and 2 missions.
VIIRS is a scanning radiometer that collects visible and infrared imagery and radiometric measurements of the land, atmosphere, cryosphere and oceans. VIIRS data is used to measure cloud and aerosol properties, ocean color, sea and land surface temperature, ice motion and temperature, fires and Earth's albedo. Climatologists use VIIRS data to enhance global climate observations.
The JPSS missions are funded by NOAA to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar orbit in support of NOAA's mission. NASA is the acquisition agent for the flight systems and components of the ground segment.
JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advances in environmental monitoring and will help advance weather, climate, environmental and oceanographic forecasting and monitoring with greater accuracy. JPSS delivers key observations for the Nation's essential products and services, including forecasting severe weather like hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards days in advance, and assessing environmental hazards such as, droughts, forest fires, poor air quality and harmful coastal waters, helping to secure a more ‘Weather-Ready Nation.
JPSS enables forecasters and scientists to monitor and predict weather patterns with greater accuracy and to study long-term climate trends by extending the more than 30-year satellite data record. NOAA is responsible for managing and operating the JPSS program, while NASA is responsible for developing and building the JPSS instruments, spacecraft, and ground system.
To learn more about the science behind the satellites, visit: www.jpss.noaa.gov.
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