Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a $2 million contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct studies of potential space and ground system architectures for the next generation of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system known as GOES-R. The GOES-R system will use geostationary (GEO) satellites, equipped with advanced remote sensing instruments, to conduct environmental monitoring and weather forecasting activities for the U.S. Government and scientific community.
Under the contract, Orbital will develop concepts that will allow NOAA to meet its future requirements for environmental sensing, data collection and data distribution. Orbital will complete studies for the GOES-R system’s Space and Launch segment, its Command, Control and Communications (C3) segment, and its End-to-End Systems Integration segment.
Since its founding, Orbital has designed, developed and built over 90 satellites for civil government, military, commercial and international space agency customers. The company’s satellite products include platforms for low-Earth and geostationary orbit missions. Orbital’s recent investments in its all-new STAR satellite product line has resulted in the company’s rapid growth in the commercial market for GEO satellites, with orders for eight satellites in the last three years.