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NASA Extends Northrop’s Environmental Satellite Radiometer Contract

northrop Grumman_BLUEA 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.

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