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Northrop Nabs Contract for JPSS Microwave Sounder

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Corp. in Azusa, Calif., will build the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument for the first Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft, JPSS-1, under a $30 million contract NASA announced Sept. 14.

The sole source letter contract runs through 2017 and calls for Northrop Grumman to manufacture, test and deliver ATMS, support instrument integration on JPSS-1, and provide launch and post-launch support, NASA said.

JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Environmental Satellite System.