ITT Exelis to design advanced receiver for next-generation weather satellite
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. -- June 27, 2013
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has received a $3.2 million contract from Ball
Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to design an advanced receiver chain for the
U.S. Air Force Weather Satellite Follow-on (WSF) program. The new design will
improve measurements of ocean surface winds used for severe weather
Under the contract, Exelis will enhance the design of a digital receiver –
based on an Exelis subsystem used on the Global Precipitation Measurement
Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument –for incorporation into a future WSF GMI.
The WSF program and GMI will provide the U.S. Air Force with next-generation
weather forecasting capabilities.
“The enhanced capabilities of our GMI receiver design will provide weather
information critical to mission planning,” said Paul Eyring, senior director
of programs for antennas, sensors and microelectronics at Exelis. “Our company
legacy with space-based remote sensors ensures we are supporting the WSF
program with the most affordable, low-risk receiver technology.”
The new Exelis receiver design will offer enhanced detection of natural
microwave radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface. Forecasters can use
those measurements to describe ocean surface winds — including speed and
direction – from space. Contract work will be performed by Exelis Electronic
Systems in Amityville, N.Y.
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), El Segundo, Calif.,
manages the WSF program. In a separate award earlier this year, SMC issued
Exelis Geospatial Systems a one-year contract to develop a final design
concept for an imaging sensor that can be used on multiple platforms and will
offer the Air Force maximum flexibility in its next-generation weather
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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Courtney Reynolds, 973-284-5382
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