NASA Selects Contractor for ICESat-2 Spacecraft | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.23.16

Airborne 05.24.16

Airborne 05.25.16

Airborne 05.26.16

Airborne 05.27.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Fri, Sep 16, 2011

NASA Selects Contractor for ICESat-2 Spacecraft

Orbital Sciences To Design And Build The Satellite

NASA has selected Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, VA, to build the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft. Under the terms of the $135 million delivery order (including the spacecraft and all associated options), the contractor will be responsible for the design and fabrication of the ICESat-2 spacecraft bus, integration of the government-furnished instrument, satellite-level testing, on-orbit satellite check-out, and continuing on-orbit engineering support. The work will be performed at the contractor's facility.

ICESat-2 will use precision laser-ranging techniques to measure the topography of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and the thickness of sea ice. The mission was recommended by the National Research Council in its 2007 decadal survey of NASA Earth science research priorities. ICESat-2 supports NASA's Earth science program by helping scientists develop a better scientific understanding of the Earth system and its response to natural or human-induced changes.

ICESat-2 builds on measurements taken by NASA's ICESat mission. Data from ICESat, which was in orbit from 2003 to 2010, revealed thinning of the world's ice sheets.

The ICESat-2 delivery order was awarded under the Rapid III multiple awards Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The contract is for core spacecraft systems, with non-standard services such as operations, launch services, components, and studies to meet the government's space science, Earth science and technology needs. The principle purpose of the Rapid III contract is to provide core spacecraft systems with any necessary modifications to meet specific mission needs.

FMI: http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.27.16: More MH370 Debris, Airport 4 Sale, Hurricane Hunters

Also: PWC PW307D, Icon Scandal, Memorial Day, IASO, Nat'l Warplane Museum, Gogo Cloud, Orbital ATK, Honor Flight Austin The Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, D>[...]

Airborne 05.26.16: Icon Flaming Out, Airbus Heli-Patent, UAV Registry

Also: TSA Dust-Up, Honor Flight, The API -- What’s This ALL About?, EASA Cert's G650ER, First E190-E2, DiCaprio BizJet, WingX Pro7, BASE Jump Tragedy Late Wednesday, Icon fin>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.28.16)

Open or Close an Airport or Runway Before opening or closing an airport or runway, airport sponsors should find out the necessary steps and contact their nearest FAA District or Re>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.28.16): Runway Entrance Lights (REL)

An array of red lights which include the first light at the hold line followed by a series of evenly spaced lights to the runway edge aligned with the taxiway centerline.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.28.16)

“This is an important outreach mission to educate the public, especially the children who will take the preparedness message back to their families.” Source: Col. Frank>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC