July 13, 2009
NASA awards solar sensor contract
The U.S. space agency says it has awarded a contract to the University of Colorado at Boulder for a
total and spectral solar irradiance sensor.
The approximately $42 million contract is for a key instrument for the future National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, to be known as NPOESS.
The sensor will continue key climate measurements of solar irradiance that contribute to determining the Earth's energy balance and understanding how Earth's climate responds to solar variability, the space agency said, noting the development of the TSIS is being conducted under a reimbursable agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.