Team With Most Combined Civilian and Military Remote Sensing Experience
Gets the Nod to Develop NPOESS Systems
FORT WAYNE, Ind., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Industries' (NYSE: IIN)
Aerospace/Communications Division (ITT A/CD) has been awarded two contracts
totaling $35.7 million to support convergence of the US military and civilian
environmental satellites into a single satellite system. Under a directive
signed by President Bill Clinton in May, 1994, the US Government is converging
the Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) and the Defense
Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) into a single National Polar-Orbiting
Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). With today's awards,
ITT A/CD and a second instrument contractor will continue the competition and
develop preliminary system designs. A full design and production contract
will be awarded to one of the two contractors within the next three years.
ITT A/CD, an operating unit of ITT Defense & Electronics located in Fort
Wayne, Indiana, will join with partners Hughes Information Systems,
Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), Inc., Bomem and Ball Aerospace
to develop preliminary designs for two critical sensor systems. As payloads
on the NPOESS satellites, these sensor systems will continuously monitor the
earth's environmental characteristics for use by both civilian and military
The Cross-Track Infrared Sensor (CrlS) will provide improved measurement
accuracies of the vertical change in temperature and humidity as a function of
altitude. This data will help provide more accurate long term forecasts. The
second system is actually a suite of sensors called the Visible/Infrared
Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and will provide some 60 different
measurements ranging from ocean temperature to thickness of cloud cover.
These new systems and associated data processing methods are critical to a
better understanding of the earth's environment.
Designs for CrlS and VIRS will draw on the combined strength and technical
breadth of the team members. ITT A/CD has extensive experience in
environmental sensor design, production, integrated systems development and
operational support for POES and the Geostationary Operational Environmental
Satellites (GOES). Ball Aerospace designed and produced electromechanical
systems for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) program and
the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer (SBUV). AER provided
algorithm development for the Tactical Nephanalysis (TACNEPH) and the Advanced
Technology Water Vapor Retrievals (ATWR) programs. Hughes developed software
for the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager Support and Service program (SSM/I
S&S). Bomem supported the development and delivery of the Michelson
Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) for the European
Environmental Satellite (ENVISAT). The combined capabilities of these
companies will yield new systems and methods to monitor the earth's
environment with NPOESS.
"Our team's successes with developing a full spectrum of proven remote
sensing systems and technologies for NASA, NOAA (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration) and the Air Force provide a unique capability.
We believe our accomplishments lay the foundation for pioneering the best
value at the lowest risk for NPOESS," said Pete Regan, Vice President and
Director of the Space Systems business unit at ITT A/CD. "The award of these
study contracts represents a tangible and significant step toward combining
the country's military and civilian environmental satellite programs into a
ITT A/CD has provided innovative sensor systems for use by both NASA and
NOAA for more than a quarter century. Sensors designed and developed by the
company are already flying on board POES and GOES weather satellites. ITT
A/CD's Imagers will also be used on the Japanese weather satellite, MTSAT,
scheduled for launch before the year 2000.
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