Tue, Sep 14, 2010
OMPS Will Monitor Daily Ozone Data As Part Of Montreal
NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, has awarded a sole source contract to Ball
Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, CO, for the Ozone
Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) instrument on the first Joint
Polar Satellite System (JPSS).
JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National
Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).
This includes the satellites and sensors that support civil weather
and climate measurements in the afternoon orbit, as well as a
ground system that will be shared with the Department of Defense
weather satellite system. NASA is acting as the acquisition agent
to procure these assets. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, MD, has the lead for acquisition of the restructured
program for NOAA.
Under this contract, Ball Aerospace and Technology will
manufacture, test and deliver the OMPS, support instrument
integration on the JPSS-1 spacecraft, and provide launch and
post-launch support. The instrument will be similar to the OMPS
planned for flight on the NPOESS Preparatory Project mission.
JPSS-1 is being planned for launch in 2014.
This is a cost-reimbursement contract in the amount of
approximately $82.4 million, with a period of performance from
October 2009 through September 2014.
OMPS will monitor ozone, collect total column and vertical
profile ozone data, and continue the current daily global data
provided by the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer/2 and
Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer, but with higher accuracy and
precision. The collection of this data contributes to fulfilling
the U.S. treaty obligation to monitor the ozone depletion for the
Montreal Protocol to ensure no gaps in coverage.
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