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NOAA, NASA to partner for acquiring upcoming Geostationary Sats

NOAA has recently announced its acquisition management strategy for the upcoming Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) Program. NOAA will be responsible for the GOES-R mission and will partner with NASA to achieve mission objectives.

NASA, at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md., will be responsible for supervising the GOES-R flight project, including the development of the command and control system, supporting advanced technology developments for instruments and spacecraft subsystems on GOES-R and future NOAA geostationary programs. While, NASA will place greater emphasis on research and development activities, providing a basis for NOAA’s operational investments in geostationary orbit in the future. The GSFC is the project implementation center.

The GOES-R Program is a series of satellites with sophisticated sensors, which will make major contributions in understanding weather and other environmental processes in the United States and around the world. In addition to advanced earth imaging and atmospheric sensors, new coastal imaging, lightning mapping, and solar imaging capabilities will be included on the GOES-R platform. This program is building on the incredibly successful GOES series of satellites, which NOAA has managed since the late 1960s.

The NOAA GOES-R satellites will serve the nation’s needs in 2012 and beyond, improving upon today’s services, which include the weather images seen on the nightly news. GOES-R will become the severe weather sentinel, providing for coastal, oceanic, lightning and solar observations critical to providing information on impending storms, healthy coasts and oceans and solar forecasting.

The completion of GOES-R is projected to be the largest-ever single acquisition contract awarded by NOAA, exceeding $4 billion.