ITT Exelis Inc.’s Geospatial Systems division in Rochester has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to provide South Korea with an advanced geostationary weather imager to support the country’s forecasting capabilities.
The amount of the contract was not disclosed.
Under the program, Exelis will deliver an Advanced Meteorological Imager, which will be launched into orbit in 2017. It is a Korean version of the Advanced Baseline Imager that Exelis is building for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Geostationary imagers fly 22,300 miles above Earth staring at specific regions, providing constant, near real-time data to weather forecasters.
"AMI will provide South Korea more data more regularly and at higher resolution resulting in better advanced warning, which is critical for saving lives and property,” said Rob Mitrevski, an Exelis Geospatial Systems vice president who leads environmental intelligence and integrated geospatial sensors and systems, in a statement.
“Recent hurricanes and major storms have shown the critical role played by geo-imagers here in the United States. South Korea similarly has challenges with typhoons and other severe weather and will benefit greatly from this new geostationary imager," he said.
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