Contract to Support New Generation of Environmental Satellites
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Industries'
Aerospace /Communications Division (A/CD) has won a contract totaling
approximately $73 million, with possible options and award fees, to develop
and build an advanced satellite based remote sensing system. The system
represents a quantum jump in technology to support the mission requirements of
a new "converged" U.S. military and civilian environmental satellite system.
Under a 1994 Presidential directive the current civil Polar Operational
Environmental Satellites (POES) and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
(DMSP) will be converged into the National Polar-Orbiting Operational
Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) by 2008. This award means that the
United States Air Force, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) and NASA will now rely on A/CD's quarter century of on-orbit successes
with sophisticated meteorological instruments to develop a whole new class of
sensor for NPOESS.
Under the terms of the contract ITT Industries and its teammates AER, Ball
Aerospace, BOMEM, and Boeing will produce three Cross-Track Infrared Sounders
(CrIS). The first CrIS unit will be flown on the POESS Preparatory Project
(NPP) mission, a joint effort between the NPOESS Integrated Program Office and
NASA. The NPP mission will provide an early opportunity, beginning in late
2005, to test and evaluate CrIS prior to the launch of the first operational
NPOESS spacecraft. The remaining three CrIS units will be flown on the
operational NPOESS spacecraft for launch into orbit starting in 2005. While
on orbit, CrIS will take measurements of clouds, moisture content, atmospheric
pressure, surface radiance and temperatures within the earth's atmosphere.
Using over 1300 spectral channels CrIS will give scientists and weather
forecasters more precise measurements at more altitudes than any other
existing system for use by scientists and weather forecasters. This will
result in improved five-day weather forecasts and a better understanding of
the formation of storms and changing weather patterns.
"We are pleased to have been selected to produce CrIS and proud to be
developing technologies that help mankind better understand the earth's
environment," said Pete Regan, Vice President and Director of the Space
Systems Business Unit at A/CD. "This contract reflects our significant and
ongoing investments in developing remote sensing systems and will help provide
for a seamless transition to a single polar orbiting satellite system."
ITT Industries-designed Sounders and Imagers are already in orbit onboard
U.S. POES and GOES weather satellites and will be in use on European and
Japanese satellites beginning with the launch of the Japanese MTSAT system
later this month. ITT Industries also holds an equity position in the
commercial earth-imaging firm EarthWatch that is scheduled to launch its
QuickBird 1 during the first quarter of next year. The Company will also
supply sensors for EarthWatch's follow-on spacecraft.
ITT Industries, Inc. (http://www.ittind.com) (NYSE: IIN) is a global
engineering and manufacturing company, with leading positions in the markets
that it serves, generating 1998 sales of $4.5 billion. ITT Industries is the
world's largest pump manufacturer and also designs systems and services to
move and control water and other fluids. The company is also a major supplier
of sophisticated military defense systems, and provides advanced technical and
operational services to a broad range of government agencies. ITT Industries
also produces connectors, switches and cabling used in telecommunications,
computing, aerospace and industrial applications, as well as network services.
Further, ITT Industries provides industrial components for a number of other
markets, including transportation, construction, and aerospace. Based in
White Plains, NY, ITT Industries employs approximately 33,000 people around
In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Industries' common stock
is traded on the Midwest, Pacific, London, Frankfurt, and Paris exchanges.
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CONTACT: Tom Martin, 914-641-6157, email@example.com, or John
Kirkwood, 219-451-6384, both of ITT Industries