NEW YORK CITY, 27 July 2005. EDO Corp. has been awarded a $15.6 million contract from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to build the microwave receiver subsystem for a new Global Precipitation Measurement satellite system.
Managed by NASA, the GPM satellite system is a joint effort with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and other international partners to build a constellation of spacecraft to improve climate and weather predictions through more accurate and frequent precipitation measurements.
Under this initial contract, EDO will produce one engineering model and one flight subsystem for incorporation onto the first satellite's microwave-imaging instrument. EDO's subsystem will convert microwave energy into digital data. The initial funding provided is $3 million for efforts through 2006. The entire program is expected to extend into 2008.
"This is a key strategic win for our Ball Aerospace/EDO team as we pursue other potential radiometer opportunities," said James M. Smith, EDO's chief executive officer. "In addition, we are working together to expand into other space-borne weather forecasting systems."
EDO Corp. designs and manufactures a diverse range of products for the defense industry and commercial markets, and provides related engineering and professional services. Major product groups include: defense electronics, communications, aircraft armament, undersea warfare, and integrated composite structures. EDO's advanced systems are at the core of the transformation to lighter, faster, and smarter defense capabilities. For more information, see www.edocorp.com.