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NOAA awards Lockheed Martin $10 million contract

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $10 million, six-month contract by the NOAA for the Program Definition and Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase of the nation’s next-generation environmental satellite system, GOES-R. The contract has two options priced at an additional $10 million each. Over 30 years NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program has been observing and predicting the intensity and track of severe storms in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, providing data for
daily and long-range weather forecasting, and climate studies. These next generation GOES-R satellites will carry instruments that offer improvements in the ability to observe the Earth and the Sun and will lead to more accurate predictions of the intensity and landfall of hurricanes with longer lead times than today, significantly improving weather forecasts. Scientists will be able to use new observations to monitor the variability of atmospheric constituents associated with air quality and climate change. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin Corporation is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services.