The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a contract to ASRC Aerospace Corp. of Greenbelt, Md., to operate and maintain NOAA’s Fairbanks Satellite Operations Facility in Alaska.

The contract, signed April 5, could be worth as much as $34.3 million over four years, NOAA said in an April 15 press release. NOAA did not release the contract’s base period or minimum value.

Located farther north than any other satellite communications facility in North America, the Fairbanks operation receives more environmental satellite data than any other station, NOAA said in the press release.

“NOAA has operated this station since the mid-1960s and it remains critical in our ground system network to acquire global environmental data which plays a major role in NOAA’s ability to make accurate weather and climate forecasts,” Mary Kicza, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service, said in a prepared statement.