United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of BoeingÂ (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed MartinÂ (NYSE: LMT), has wonÂ a contract to help NASA launchÂ aÂ polar-orbiting environmental weather satellite for theÂ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NASA said SaturdayÂ theÂ Joint Polar Satellite System-2 will launchÂ aboardÂ a ULA-built Atlas VÂ 401 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California sometime in 2021.
The space agency estimates that the cost of the JPSS-2 missionÂ toÂ reach $170.6 million.
JPSS-2 isÂ the third satellite in the JPSS constellation that will workÂ to collect globalÂ measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions to support weather forecasting and environmental hazard assessment.
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) willÂ build,Â integrate and test the JPSS-2Â spacecraft as part ofÂ a potentialÂ $253 million delivery order awarded by NASAÂ in March 2015.
NASA selected ULA after aÂ competitive launch service task order evaluation under the agency’sÂ Launch Services II contract, the companyÂ said Friday.
Laura Maginnis, vice president of ULA’s government satellite launch business, said the company will work with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and NOAA on the JPSS-2 mission.
ULA is also scheduled toÂ launchÂ JPSS-1 from Vandenberg AFB in September.