Ball Aerospace Selected by NASA for TEMPO Air Pollution Mission
BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 19, 2012
BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. is part of a team selected to build the first space-based instrument to
monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent for NASA's
Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission.
Led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Mass., the TEMPO
team will build a geostationary ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectrometer to
continuously measure ozone, aerosols and other trace gases over greater North
America. The geostationary position of the instrument will allow delivery of
regional, hourly readouts of atmosphere data during daylight hours. This data
will advance air quality research on how air pollution affects climate change
and air quality on a continental scale.
"While Ball is at the forefront of low Earth orbit instrument development, the
TEMPO spectrometer will be the company's first geostationary instrument for
NASA," said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager for Ball's Civil
and Operational Space business unit. "TEMPO takes advantage of our expertise
and technology developed for previous ultraviolet-visible instruments that
have already flown or are currently on orbit."
Those instruments include the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS) flying
aboard the nation's newest climate and weather satellite, Suomi NPP, and the
Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE). The sophisticated optical
system built by Ball Aerospace for the James Webb Space Telescope relies on
the same UV-VIS heritage.
NASA anticipates the TEMPO instrument will catch a ride on a commercial
communications satellite as a hosted payload when it is completed in September
2017. Mission costs will be capped at $90 million, excluding the launch
vehicle and integration to the selected satellite platform.
"With TEMPO's assistance you may eventually check your smart phone, for
example, to obtain a read-out on your city's current air quality information
before you lace up your sneakers and head out for a run," said Ludtke.
Led by the Smithsonian's principal investigator, Kelly Chance, TEMPO is part
of NASA's Earth Venture Instrument program that includes small, targeted
science investigations designed to complement NASA's larger research
missions. TEMPO is NASA's first Earth Venture Instrument award under the
agency's Earth System Science Pathfinder program. In addition to Ball
Aerospace, the TEMPO team includes NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton,
Va.; NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and several
U.S. universities and research organizations.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national
agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S.
government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures
spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation
systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
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