NOAA Announces First Series of Awards for Future Observation Technology

SILVER SPRING, Md. (NOAA PR) — NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) announced the first in a series of contract awards to develop mission, spacecraft and instrument concepts for future Earth observation capabilities.

The new concepts NESDIS is considering in this initial round are atmospheric temperature and pressure sounding observations in low earth orbit (LEO) and broader mission approaches for geostationary earth orbits (GEO) and extended orbits (GEO-XO).

NESDIS will use the results of these analyses to inform the design, acquisition, development, and launch of a cost-effective, agile satellite architecture to support NOAA’s mission in the coming decades. 

These contracts follow a pair of Broad Agency Announcements NESDIS issued last Fall, calling for ideas from the commercial and research sector. After a formal review of the white papers over this past winter, NESDIS directed Requests for Proposals to selected entities.

NESDIS will award additional contracts over the next month and anticipates completing these analyses this year.

Contract Awards

York Space Systems
Denver, Colo.

Palo Alto, Calif.

Reston, Va.

L3Harris Technologies
Fort Wayne, Ind.

L3Harris Technologies
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Las Vegas, NV

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration
Merrimack, NH

Brandywine Photonics
Exton, Pa.