Ball Aerospace will help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study the design of instruments to measure the atmospheric composition and color of the oceans as part of its Geostationary Extended Observations Program.
The company said on Thursday it had been selected for two 20-month studies to inform the development of the constellation of next-generation geostationary weather satellites the agency is undertaking to meet monitoring needs and address environmental challenges.
Ball will base GeoXO program efforts on its environmental sensing systems, specifically the Ball Operational Weather Instrument Evolution-Atmospheric and BOWIE-Ocean Color hyperspectral passive imaging instruments.
“These studies are only the first steps in NOAA’s efforts to improve the nation’s ability to monitor, predict, and understand conditions that impact weather, climate, and health; from air and water quality to shoreline health,” said Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager of civil space at Ball Aerospace.
The two new studies expand the company’s work with NOAA on the program. In October 2021, he was asked to lead the GeoXO Phase A Sounder study.