Ball Aerospace and Technologies (NYSE: BLL) has been awarded a potential $421 millionÂ contract modification byÂ theÂ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to deliver ozone-monitoring instruments for theÂ Joint Polar Satellite SystemÂ follow-on JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 missions.
Ball Aerospace said Friday it will manufacture, test and deliver Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite instruments — which contain aÂ nadir sensor and electronics module — under theÂ 10-yearÂ sole-source award.
OMPSÂ will work toÂ track ozone layer health and measure ozoneÂ concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere, Ball Aerospace added.
Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager of the company’sÂ civil space arm, said Ball Aerospace sensors have worked to track and mitigate potential threats in the ozone layer since the mid-1980s.
OMPS has helped monitor volcanic eruptions, route aircraft around the eruptions andÂ monitor air quality in the upper atmosphere, according toÂ Sarah Lipscy, Â OMPS deputy program manager and project scientist.
Ball Aerospace noted OMPS is currently deployedÂ on the joint NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership mission.
The instruments also work to collect data for the Ball Aerospace-builtÂ Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet radiometer-2 andÂ the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer as part of efforts to comply with theÂ U.S. treaty obligation to trackÂ ozone depletion underÂ the Montreal Protocol, the company added.