3 June 2014
Exelis (NYSE: XLS) said it has been awarded a contract by NASA worth up to USD208m to build the radiation budget instrument, a satellite payload that will improve scientific understanding of climate change.
The contract includes one flight unit with options for two more instruments and associated support.
RBI will provide more accurate measurements of reflected sunlight and thermal radiation emitted by Earth than the clouds and earth´s radiant energy system instrument currently flying on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite.
Observations from RBI will help measure the effect of clouds on the Earth´s energy balance, which strongly influences both weather and climate. Long-term satellite data from RBI will help scientists and researchers understand the links between the Earth´s incoming and outgoing energy, as well as properties of the atmosphere that affect the energy balance. They will also be used to develop a quantitative understanding of the links between Earth´s radiation budget and the properties of the atmosphere and surface that define that budget.
RBI will be included on the second Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft, which is planned for launch in 2021.
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