Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. was selected for a 20-month contract for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) Phase A sounder (GXS) study that will provide new 3-D atmospheric data set for U.S. forecasters and emergency managers.
“In addition to providing real-time situational awareness, early warning of damaging weather events and high-temporal resolution measurements from geostationary orbit, our instrument concept has the potential to improve air quality monitoring, which will help mitigate health impacts from severe pollution and wildfire events,” Ball vice president Makenzie Lystrup said in a statement. “Actionable environmental intelligence, such as atmospheric measurements from space, are essential for informing decision makers to help improve the lives of people here on Earth.”
Ball’s hyperspectral IR sounder for GEO, the Ball Operational Weather Instrument Evolution-GXS (BOWIE-GXS), is part of BOWIE, a series of innovative environmental sensing systems being designed at Ball to meet next generation space-based observation needs, according to a company news release.
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