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United States : BALL AEROSPACE to construct IVM for US Air Force

February 15, 2014

In California, at the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Defense Weather System Directorate has granted a $5.8 million deal to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation for generating the Ion Velocity Meter (IVM) as per the U.S. Air Force Space Situational Awareness Environmental Monitoring program.

As per the agreement, Ball Aerospace will be constructing five replicas of the IVM, which was earlier intended by the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

ÃÂ Å The improved sensing capability afforded by the IVM aboard the next-generation Cosmic 2 will contribute to critical long-term data continuity characterizing space plasma,ÃÂ Â said Dave Kaufman, vice president and general manager for Ball AerospaceÃÂ Â s National Defense business unit. ÃÂ Å IVM measurements are important for assessing the effects of space weather on spacecraft and communications.ÃÂ Â

Further, for marking the the ionosphere, data from the IVM instruments will be utilized and it will give out information concerning the apps involving radio wave extension.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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