Exelis to Provide Sensors for Climate Measurement

Dépèche transmise le 21 décembre 2011 par Business Wire

Exelis to Provide Sensors for Climate Measurement

Exelis to Provide Sensors for Climate Measurement

CLIFTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has received an additional $3.2 million award to produce satellite-based sensors that help measure precipitation around the world.

“We are proud that NASA and Ball Aerospace continue to count on Exelis to provide complex millimeter wave solutions for their critical missions.”

Exelis sensors will be used on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program, which, through an international network of satellites, observes and measures global rainfall and snowfall. These measurements advance the understanding of the Earth's water and energy cycle, and improve the ability to forecast and prepare for extreme weather events. Total contract value for Exelis is $50 million.

“It’s rewarding to know that our work in this program will result in better understanding of water in our environment,” said Rich Sorelle, vice president and general manager of the Exelis Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems business. “We are proud that NASA and Ball Aerospace continue to count on Exelis to provide complex millimeter wave solutions for their critical missions.”

Exelis designed, developed, tested and delivered the first ship set, which consists of passive receivers covering frequency ranges between 10 and 183 GHz plus command and power conditioning units, to Ball Aerospace for integration and test earlier this year.

The next GPM satellite is expected to be launched in low earth orbit in 2014.

GPM, initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), comprises a consortium of international space agencies, including the Centre National d’Études Spatiales, Indian Space Research Organization, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

ITT Exelis Electronic Systems division provides innovative integrated solutions for the global defense, intelligence, information assurance and commercial aerospace sectors. As a leader in electronic warfare and communications, we leverage our experience and innovation to ensure the success of our customers’ critical missions. Our technology leadership extends into the areas of airborne electronic attack, networked and satellite communications, counter-improvised explosive devices, airspace management, surveillance systems, airborne and shipboard radar, acoustic sensors, advanced composite structures and electronic weapons interfaces.

About ITT Exelis

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, VA, the company employs about 21,000 people and generated 2010 revenue of $5.9 billion. www.exelisinc.com

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