Ball Aerospace to Build Ozone Mapping Instrument for NOAA Mission

ball-areospaceBall Aerospace and Technology (NYSE: BLL) has won a $113 million contract to build an instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s ozone mapping and profiling mission.

Boulder, Colorado-based Ball Aerospace will also work to integrate the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite system into the Joint Polar Satellite System-2, test the instrument and support the spacecraft’s launch, NASA said Friday.

NASA serves as the acquisition agent for the ground system’s components and NOAA funds the JPSS-2 mission to provide environmental data on low Earth orbit.

Ball Aerospace will produce the instrument through May 2021 under the contract modification.

The OMPS will work to monitor the ozone and gather total column and vertical ozone data in order for the U.S. to fulfill the Montreal Protocol for observing the ozone.

JPSS-1 and JPSS-2 are scheduled for launch in 2016 and  2021, respectively.

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