A Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) subsidiary has been awarded a $121 million contract modification to develop a microwave sounding instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft.
NASA said Wednesday Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems will produce and test the JPSS-2 Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder as well as deliver satellite launch and post-launch support services.
The modification extends the work’s performance period for five years through May 2022.
ATMS is designed to collect high-resolution spatial climate data globally for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists to forecast storm tracks, precipitation and weather patterns.
NOAA funds the JPSS-2 program, while NASA procures the flight systems and certain ground components for the mission.
The JPSS-2 spacecraft is scheduled to lift off in 2021.