ITT Exelis awarded satellite technology contract to forecast space weather
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. -- January 29, 2013
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) received a $3.2 million follow-on contract from the Air
Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., to provide
upgraded satellite remote sensor systems.
The Exelis Coherent Beacon System is a space-based sensor system that
investigates and forecasts natural disturbances in the Earth’s atmosphere. The
sensor system transmits multiple signals through the ionosphere (the upper
part of the atmosphere) to a ground-based receiver.
“The new sensor system gives our customers advance knowledge about changes in
space weather,” said ITT Exelis Director of Antenna and Space Programs Mark
Fournier. “This system will allow the U.S. military to predict the effects of
ionospheric activity on signals from communication and navigation satellites,
which are critical to the safety and performance of our warfighters.”
Under this contract, Exelis will provide additional sensors, simulators and
the ground support equipment required for future payload integration
activities. Exelis is teamed with Ball Aerospace Technologies Company under
the sponsorship of AFRL. The original contract was awarded in 2011.
About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and
information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year
legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers
worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for
managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8
Courtney Reynolds, 973-284-5382
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