NASA has awarded Astrotech Corp. and its Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary a contract to provide facilities and pre-launch processing services for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission, set to launch later this year.
DSCOVR is the second mission awarded under the previously announced $9.1 million NASA Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract with Astrotech Space Operations Florida.
Orbiting one million miles from Earth, DSCOVR will provide advance warning for severe solar storms that may adversely affect power grids, communications, aircraft, and GPS navigation on Earth, as well as spacecraft operations. “Just as current NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] satellites monitor changing atmospheric conditions on Earth, DSCOVR will monitor and warn us about harmful solar storms approaching our planet,” said Astrotech Corporation CEO Thomas B. Pickens III.
ASO Florida has provided payload processing for NASA satellites such as Juno, GRAIL, and TDRS-K. TDRS-L will arrive for processing later this year.
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