From: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., July 30, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in conjunction with the government's tri-agency NPOESS Integrated Program Office, has completed the restructure of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).
This restructure represents a rigorous year-long effort to re-plan virtually every aspect of the NPOESS program following its certification and restructuring through the Nunn McCurdy process in 2006. The plan details the development and delivery of the system through initial production in the next decade.
Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the next generation of low-Earth orbiting environmental, climate and weather-monitoring satellites.
``The restructure puts NPOESS on a solid footing,'' said Alexis Livanos, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector. ``With the program now successfully restructured, NPOESS is moving ahead to meet the operational weather, environmental and climate monitoring requirements of civilian and military users. The system will also satisfy more than half of the essential climate variables needed by the world's climatologists.''
Throughout the extensive planning effort, the Northrop Grumman-led team has continued to meet scheduled milestones. As a result, NPOESS has been on cost and on schedule for the past 21 months. Significant progress has been made, including:
With its climate monitoring capability, NPOESS will be the cornerstone for global environmental monitoring in the coming decades. The United States will supplement observations from NPOESS with data provided by the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) series of MetOp satellites.
The current schedule calls for the NPOESS Preparatory Project, a risk reduction satellite flying NPOESS sensors, to be launched in 2009 and for the first NPOESS satellite to be launched in 2013. NPOESS is designed to host a wide variety of sensors on a common spacecraft bus. The satellites have power and deck space along with high data throughput and extremely accurate pointing and stability to accommodate all de-manifested sensors and new sensors while minimizing cost and risk to mission. The program plan has also been restructured to allow time for integration of the de-manifested sensors, as requested.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide. Note to reporters:
The re-structured NPOESS system consists of two spacecraft, nine sensors and associated calibration and validation (including NPOESS Preparatory Project sensors), 15 Safety Net(tm) receptor sites, the command, communication and control system, ground processing, and operations through 2016. Sensors manifested on NPOESS and the NPOESS Preparatory Project include:
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