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October 24, 2014
NASA Awards Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for the JPSS-2 Mission
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 24, 2014
NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. This is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $121 million. This action extends the period of performance of the contract from May 2017 through May 2022. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio ... read more

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