PALO ALTO, CA, July 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected by the Department of the Air
Force Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center as one of three
companies to study ways to accommodate an instrument to monitor air
pollutants over North America on a commercial satellite. The
Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) Mission Study
is the second Delivery Order to be awarded under the U.S. Air Force
Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) contract.
"Through its HoPS Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity contract
vehicle, the Air Force has streamlined the process for NASA and other
government agencies to leverage the value of hosted payloads on
commercial spacecraft," said John Celli, president of SSL. "The TEMPO study gives us the opportunity to help
our government find a very cost-effective solution for monitoring the
health of the planet from space."
Earlier this month SSL announced that it was one of the companies that
was eligible for U.S. Air Force contracts related to hosting government
payloads on commercial satellites through a new streamlined contracting
vehicle known as the HoPS IDIQ. With its track record as a leader in
manufacturing geostationary satellites, including 16 GEO observatories,
and with 74 commercial satellites currently on orbit, SSL is
particularly well-positioned to help government agencies find rides for
instruments, sensors and other small missions on commercial spacecraft.
"NASA is looking forward to working with the commercial satellite
industry to identify a host system and define an interface for the
TEMPO instrument," said Alan Little, TEMPO Mission Project Manager, NASA Langley Research Center. "Their creative ideas will help make this important pollution
monitoring system possible."
TEMPO's hourly measurements from geostationary orbit have the potential
to create a revolutionary dataset that provides understanding and
improves prediction of air quality in North America. If NASA decides to
proceed with the launch of the TEMPO payload, it could be the first
NASA Earth Science payload to be hosted on a commercial communications
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable
satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government
customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial
satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to
provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television
and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, mobile
communications, and Earth observation. Billions of people around the
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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