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NOAA Awards $115 Million Contract to Support Operational Space, Ground Systems

September 18, 2007

NOAA officials today announced a $115 million contract award with Riverside Technology, Inc., of Fort Collins, Colo., to provide technical support, systems engineering and engineering services for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Services. The contract will support NOAA’s operational space systems, including the current and next-generation polar and geostationary environmental satellites that supply data for the weather and climate forecasts, and the ground systems, which comprise the command, control and communications segment, along with the product generation, distribution and archiving.

The contract has a 12-month base period, with four additional 12-month option periods. The total value of the contract, including the option years, is $115 million.

The contract will support the program offices for the future National Polar-Orbiting Environmental Operational Satellite System, or NPOESS, and the next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R). The contractor will provide strategic planning to resolve space and ground system issues, and design requirement analysis, systems engineering, data management, contract administration and acquisition support.

Support services will also be geared toward NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service’s headquarters, Office of Systems Development and Chief Information Officer.

“NOAA’s satellites play a major role in the success of today’s weather and climate forecasts,” said Mary E. Kizca, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. ”We need solid, reliable support to keep these satellite systems operating, and we’ll look to Riverside Technology, Inc. to provide this critical service.”

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