Cambridge, MA—Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (AER) of Cambridge, Massachusetts has been selected to support Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colorado and its team members with algorithm development for the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS), an ozone monitoring sensor for the next generation of weather and environmental satellites. AER algorithm developers are currently working on three other related satellite sensor payload efforts.
"We are pleased to support our colleagues at Ball Aerospace on this important national mission," said Ron Isaacs, senior vice president, and executive director of AER's Technology Solutions Center.
OMPS is part of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program, which combines the country÷s military and civilian weather satellite programs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration÷s (NOAA) Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites and the Department of Defense÷s (DoD) Meteorological Satellite Program into a single system. OMPS is one of several sensor suites that make up NPOESS. NPOESS replaces two aging environmental satellite systems currently operated by NOAA and the DoD.
OMPS will measure how much ozone is in our atmosphere and how the ozone concentration varies with altitude. While ozone at ground level is considered pollution, in the stratosphere it is considered a shield. This shield blocks the dangerous ultraviolet rays that may cause skin cancer, sunburn, gene mutation, and cataracts in humans. OMPS data will also be used to determine if synthetic chemicals are affecting the Earth's climate and its habitability.
Raytheon of Lexington, MA, ITT of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Research Support Instruments of Boulder, Colorado will also support Ball Aerospace on this contract.
Founded in 1977, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. is an award-winning environmental research and consulting company with demonstrated expertise in remote sensing, satellite meteorology, numerical weather prediction, radiation and climate, circulation diagnostics, atmospheric chemistry, air quality and risk assessment, mathematical modeling, planetary sciences, and system engineering. In addition to its Cambridge, MA headquarters, AER has offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Hong Kong, and Beijing.