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United States : NASA awards $208 MILLION contract to EXELIS

May 20, 2014

NASA has awarded a contract worth around $208 million to Exelis Inc.'sFort Wayne operations for the establishment of a scanning radiometer that is expected to be aboard a satellite launched in 2021.

NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. will administer the contract.

The contract will see Exelis building as many as two additional radiation budget instruments (RBI). It also includes associated parts, spares and support.

NASA stated that the RBI will measure Earth's reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation. The instrument will collect data on the effect of clouds on the planet's energy balance, which affects weather and climate .

The RBI will help scientists and researchers understand the links between the Earth's incoming and outgoing energy, and properties of the atmosphere that affect it. Its data also will be used for long-range weather forecasting, it added.

It is estimated that the RBI will be placed on the Joint Polar Satellite System 2, which is expected to be introduced in November 2021.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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