ITT Exelis advanced weather imager technology to improve forecasting
capabilities in South Korea
Contract highlights company’s international and commercial interests
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- April 08, 2013
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to
provide South Korea an advanced geostationary weather imager to support the
country’s forecasting capabilities.
Under the GEO-KOMPSAT-2A program, Exelis will deliver an Advanced
Meteorological Imager (AMI), which will be launched into geostationary orbit
in 2017. The AMI is a Korean version of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)
Exelis is currently building for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and NASA for the next-generation Geostationary Operational
Environmental Satellite series known as GOES-R.
"AMI will provide South Korea more data more regularly and at higher
resolution resulting in better advanced warning, which is critical for saving
lives and property,” said Rob Mitrevski, an Exelis Geospatial Systems vice
president who leads environmental intelligence and integrated geospatial
sensors and systems. “Recent hurricanes and major storms have shown the
critical role played by geo-imagers here in the United States. South Korea
similarly has challenges with typhoons and other severe weather and will
benefit greatly from this new geostationary imager."
Geostationary imagers fly 22,300 miles above Earth staring at specific
regions, providing constant, near real-time data to weather forecasters. Known
as sentinels in the sky, these satellite instruments are critical to
short-term and immediate severe weather forecasting. Geo-imagers capture most
of the images of hurricanes and storms taken from space, which are shown by
meteorologists on television and in other media. The ABI class imager being
used by South Korea provides five times the temporal resolution than current
imagers, completing a scan of the full hemisphere in five minutes rather than
the 30 minutes.
The AMI will also provide several spectral bands and two times the resolution
capability of South Korea’s existing satellites to about one-half mile. These
increased capabilities and higher latency will provide new products and tools
for weather forecasters to improve their forecasts.
With the addition of the GEO-KOMPSAT-2A program, Exelis is now building seven
ABI class instruments: four for NOAA and NASA and two for Japan. Exelis has
provided every geostationary imager and sounder to the U.S. government since
1994 and also built the current geo imagers flown by Japan and South Korea.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Air Force awarded Exelis a $13 million contract
to finalize design concepts for a low Earth-orbiting imager for the Department
of Defense weather satellite follow-on program. The study will ensure the
instrument can be flown on multiple satellite platforms providing maximum
flexibility for the U.S. Air Force in planning its next-generation program.
About ITT Exelis
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and
technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer
knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical
solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and
surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic
solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5
billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or
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Kristin Jones, 571-419-4718
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