Lexington, MA — May 19, 2005 — Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (AER) is a member of a best-of-industry Boeing [NYSE:BA] team which has submitted a proposal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the program definition and risk reduction phase of the next-generation geostationary weather and environmental system known as GOES-R.
The GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) spacecraft help meteorologists observe and predict local weather events, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, fog, flash floods and other severe weather. In addition, GOES observations have proven helpful in monitoring dust storms, volcanic eruptions and forest fires. Boeing is the prime contractor for the current next series of geosynchronous environmental systems, known as GOES NOP. The next-generation, GOES-R, will be an end-to-end system providing an uninterrupted flow of high-quality environmental data to government and commercial users.
"AER is extremely pleased be part of the Boeing GOES-R team," said Ron Isaacs, AER Executive Vice President. "Working with Boeing as a team on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Conical-scanning Microwave Imager/Sounder (CMIS), Boeing has demonstrated its profound understanding of getting the science "right" to ensure that the objective of getting the desired products to the user community is fulfilled. This Boeing team has what it takes to provide a GOES-R system to support NOAA's GEO remote sensing system mission."
AER's GOES-R capabilities in remote sensing algorithms include the development, testing, and migration to operations of algorithms that allow for the measurement and application of data from satellite borne meteorological, atmospheric, oceanographic, and space environment instruments. Applying particular skill in simulation and modeling capabilities, AER scientists have participated in the engineering design of sensors and systems for major national remote sensing programs such as NPOESS and implementation of polar and geosynchronous remote sensing science algorithms at operational centers such as the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA). A key focus of these efforts is to maintain and optimize the quality of science and utility to the end user. AER in depth science algorithm expertise will enhance the capabilities of Boeing's GOES-R team to derived environmental products.
The Boeing team also includes Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Harris Corp., and Carr Astronautics.
About AER: Founded in 1977, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. is an award-winning environmental research and consulting company with demonstrated expertise in numerical weather prediction, remote sensing, satellite meteorology, climate dynamics and radiation, circulation diagnostics, atmospheric chemistry, air quality and risk assessment, planetary sciences, and systems engineering. With the acquisition of Radex, Inc. in July 2004 corporate capabilities have expanded to include space weather and weather effect assessment tools. In addition to its Lexington, MA headquarters, AER has offices and personnel in Colorado, Virginia, Omaha, NE; and San Francisco, CA. For more information visit our web site at www.aer.com.