NASA selects partners for Geostationary and Extended Observations Sounder Phase A Studies

NASA selects partners for Geostationary and Extended Observations Sounder Phase A Studies

NASA has selected Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation of Boulder, Colorado and L3Harris Technologies Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for a Geostationary and Extended Observations (GeoXO) Sounder (GXS) Phase A Study contracts. The GXS Phase A Study requirement will provide services to help meet the objectives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GeoXO program.

The total value of this twenty-month firm-fixed-price contract is approximately $8M. The work will be performed at the contractor’s facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The principal purpose of this contract is to provide a definition-phase A study of a geostationary Sounder instrument. The Sounder will be a hyperspectral infrared instrument that is planned to fly on the NOAA GeoXO program series of geostationary satellites.

NOAA’s GeoXO satellite system is the groundbreaking mission that will advance Earth observations from geostationary orbit. The mission will supply vital information to address major environmental challenges of the future in support of weather, ocean, and climate operations in the United States.

The GeoXO mission will continue and expand observations provided by the GOES-R series of satellites. GeoXO will bring new capabilities to address emerging environmental issues and challenges that threaten the security and well-being of every American. NOAA is working to ensure these critical observations are in place by the early 2030s, as the GOES-R Series nears the end of its operational lifetime.

The GeoXO mission is a collaborative partnership between NOAA and NASA. NOAA funds, operates, and manages the mission and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the acquisition of the Phase A Formulation contracts.

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