Ball Aerospace awarded contract for GFO-2 altimetry satellite

  • 26-Apr-2010 12:42 EDT

The U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego, selected Ball Aerospace for Geosat Follow-on 2 (GFO-2), the next-generation ocean altimetry satellite. GFO-2 measurements will be used for global ocean and tactical battlespace characterization. Under the GFO-2 contract, Ball Aerospace will upgrade the payloads, as compared to the original GFO satellite that was launched in 1998, with a dual-frequency radar altimeter, and provide enhanced RF interference immunity with significantly reduced data latency. The GFO-2 satellite will be operated from the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center located at Kirtland Air Force Base. The altimetry data will be processed at the Naval Oceanographic Office located at Stennis Space Center.

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