Colorado, USA, 17 April 2006: Lockheed Martin has announced that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and IBM Business Consulting Services have joined the GOES-R Lockheed Martin Team in competition for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) programme.
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) programme is a key element of NOAA’s operations. The GOES-R series will comprise improved spacecraft and instrument technologies, with faster ground processing for new and advanced products that will lead to significant economic benefits for the nation in the areas of weather and water, climate, ecosystems monitoring and management, and commerce and transportation.
GOES-R will be the cornerstone of the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS), an international partnership of over 60 countries leading a worldwide effort to build a ‘system of systems’ consisting of existing and future Earth-observation systems (space, air, ground, water).
The Lockheed Martin GOES-R team brings together the best assets available across the company and throughout industry and academia, each providing additional domain expertise and key enabling technologies. In addition to SAIC and IBM, the team members include ARES Corporation, ASRC Aerospace Corporation, Emergent Space Technologies, Global Science & Technology, Honeywell, Intelsat, ItriCorp, Kamel Engineering Services (KES), The Pennsylvania State University and RS Information Systems (RSIS).