KBR has won a new $51.2 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to deploy an antenna network that will monitor space weather. Under the contract, KBR will build and maintain an antenna network that sends and receives data from the Space Weather Follow-On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) observatory and its ground segment.
SWFO-L1 is a mission planned for launch in 2024 that monitors signs of solar storms, which may harm Earth’s telecommunication network. It will provide images and data to the National Weather Service for alerts and forecasting. Ball Aerospace is under contract to design and build the SWFO-L1 satellite. KBR’s network will perform telemetry, command and ranging services for the observatory’s operations.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee, five-year contract was recently announced to be $51.2 million when all options are exercised.
Byron Bright, KBR Global Government Solutions president said that accurate space weather data helps protect national security and our economic well-being. This new contract with NOAA aligns with their sustainability principles and gives them another opportunity to use their scientific and technological expertise to build a better world.