US: Exelis Geospatial Systems has selected Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems to develop and build the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI) Azimuth Rotation Module (ARM) for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. The JPSS polar satellite constellation mission is expected to gather global Earth observation data to better predict and monitor climate trends. The Exelis-built RBI scanning radiometer will measure Earth’s reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation. The company believes that long-term satellite data from RBI will help scientists and researchers understand the links between Earth’s incoming and outgoing energy. JPSS is scheduled for launch in early 2017.
Source: SN corp