NASA's Office of Earth Sciences yesterday awarded Aerojet a $206.6 million contract to build the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), a next generation, satellite microwave instrument for use in weather forecasting and climate change research.
The new instrument measures microwave energy emitted and scattered by the atmosphere. When combined with observations from an infrared sounder, ATMS will provide daily global atmospheric temperature, moisture, and pressure profiles.
Aerojet will draw on its considerable expertise in microwave instruments -- including knowledge in systems engineering, atmospheric physics, instrument calibration and microwave instrument production -- to fully support NASA and the NPOESS IPO in ensuring the mission success of ATMS.
``We're excited to continue the successful partnership Aerojet has developed with NASA on the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-A) program and contribute to improved weather forecasting and climate research with ATMS,'' said Steve Scott, Aerojet director of business development for Remote Sensing Systems.
Aerojet is teamed with BAE SYSTEMS, another industry leader in the area of remote sensing. Together the team has delivered over 55 remote sensing instruments.
Scheduled for delivery in 2004, ATMS will be about one-third the size and weight of existing microwave sounding instruments. The first ATMS will fly on the NPOESS Preparatory Project mission, a joint effort between NASA and the NPOESS program office. NPOESS is a tri-agency program, including NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force.
Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally serving the space electronics, missile and space propulsion, and smart munitions and armaments markets. Aerojet's Web site address is http://www.aerojet.com.