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Air Force awards weather imaging contract to Exelis

Rochester Business Journal
February 12, 2013

Exelis Inc.’s Geospatial Systems division has been awarded a $13 million contract with the U. S. Air Force to study design modifications and to develop a final concept for an affordable, low-risk weather imaging sensor.

The Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, Calif., awarded the contract to Exelis—which does business as ITT Exelis—in support of the Weather Satellite Follow-On Program.

The one-year study will solidify the design for the imaging sensor and ensure the instrument can be flown on multiple satellite platforms providing maximum flexibility for the Air Force in planning its next-generation program, the company said.

“Our sensor design will provide the Air Force and the warfighter with better weather information, especially regarding clouds, which is critical to mission planning,” said Eric Webster, Exelis vice president of weather systems, in a statement. “Our goal is to do it at a much more affordable price and at a much lower risk than normal satellite procurements.

“At the end of the study, we will have a definitive cost and schedule to build the flight hardware.”

Exelis ranked fourth on the most recent Rochester Business Journal list of Imaging and Optics firms with roughly 1,200 local workers.

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