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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

NOAA Awards Lockheed Martin $10 Million Contract Definition and Risk Reduction

via PRNewswire

DENVER, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $10 million, six-month contract by the National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Program Definition and Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase of the nation's next-generation environmental satellite system, GOES-R. The contract has two options priced at an additional$10 million each.

For 30 years, NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program has observed and predicted the intensity and track of severe storms in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, providing data for daily and long-range weather forecasting, and climate studies. In addition to the Earth-observing instruments, the GOES satellites also carry solar instruments that provide advance warning of events on the Sun, such as solar flares, that can impact life on Earth.

These next-generation GOES-R satellites will carry instruments that offer dramatic improvements in the ability to observe the Earth and the sun and will lead to more accurate predictions of the intensity and landfall of hurricanes with longer lead times than today, improving weather forecasts. Scientists will be able to use new observations to monitor the variability of atmospheric constituents associated with air quality and climate change. The aviation weather community will also benefit from more accurate upper-level wind measurements, better predictions of clear air turbulence events and an improved ability to detect and track volcanic ash that can damage jet engines.

In addition, GOES-R will field new capabilities. The satellites will carry a coastal waters imager capability that will view the entire U.S. coastline every three hours at high resolution. This instrument will be used to evaluate the ocean's biological productivity, detect harmful algae blooms and assess coastal zones after severe storms for protection of fragile ecosystems. These new and augmented capabilities provided by GOES-R will lead to significant economic benefits to the nation in the areas of weather and water, climate, ecosystems monitoring and management, and commerce and transportation.

LMSSC leads the GOES-R program team and is responsible for the space segment. Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions (IS&S) provides the systems integration and ground segment. Fifteen industry and academic partners chosen for the Lockheed Martin team based on their proven performance, bring additional domain expertise and key enabling technologies to the GOES-Reffort.

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