US, September 2014: NASA has revised and enlarged its contract with Exelis Geospatial Systems to make it the sole source provider for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
Consequently, the performance period of the contract now has been extended from November 2018 through May 2021. There is also a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $221 million.
NASA is the acquisition agent for the flight systems and some components of the ground system.
As part of the contract, Exelis, Inc. Geospatial Systems will manufacture, test and deliver the CrIS instrument, support instrument integration on the JPSS-2 spacecraft and provide launch and post-launch support.
CrIS is a high-spectral resolution infrared instrument that will measure atmospheric temperature, water vapour and trace gases.
NOAA forecasters will use this data in computer models to improve global and regional predictions of weather patterns, storm tracks and precipitation.