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http://www.ball.com/aerospace/newsroom/detail?newsid=123879

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace has been selected by the U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to deliver the next-generation operational environmental satellite system, Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M), for the Department of Defense (DoD). WSF-M is a predominantly fixed price contract that will provide for system design and risk reduction of a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and hosted Government furnished energetic charged particle (ECP) sensor. The contract will include options for the development and fabrication of two LEO satellites as well as options for launch vehicle integration, launch and early orbit test, and operational test and evaluation support. This mission will improve weather forecasting over maritime regions by taking global measurements of the atmosphere and ocean surface.

"This is an exciting win for us, and we're looking forward to expanding our work with the Air Force and continuing to support warfighters and allies around the world," said Rob Strain, president, Ball Aerospace. "WSF-M extends Ball's legacy of providing precise measurements from space to enable more accurate weather forecasting."

As the prime contractor, Ball will be responsible for developing and integrating the entire microwave system, which includes the microwave instrument, spacecraft and system software.

WSF-M is designed to mitigate three high priority DoD Space-Based Environmental Monitoring (SBEM) gaps: ocean surface vector winds, tropical cyclone intensity and LEO energetic charged particles.

This new environmental satellite system leverages the Ball-built Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument, which is the on-orbit reference standard for calibrating precipitation measurements in NASA's GPM constellation. The WSF-M bus will be based on the Ball Configurable Platform, a proven, agile spacecraft with 50 years of on-orbit operations for affordable remote sensing applications.

Ball has played key roles on numerous national and international programs that make critical measurements of the physical environment. These include designing and building the weather spacecraft for both the recently launched Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) and for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP).
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Looks like $93M committed now and total of $460M available if all options exercised (they actually order the satellites).

Contract award on November 9:
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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded a $93,713,423 firm-fixed-price contract for weather system follow-on microwave and will provide for system design and risk reduction of a low earth orbit satellite with a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and hosted government furnished energetic charged particles sensor.  Work will be performed in Boulder, Colorado, with an expected completion date of Nov. 15, 2019.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $45,843,000 will be obligated at time of award.  This contract was a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8810-18-C-0002).

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Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M)
Solicitation Number:
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Space Command
Location: SMC - Space and Missile Systems Center
Notice Type:
Award Notice
Posted Date:
November 9, 2017
Response Date:
-
Archiving Policy:
Automatic, 15 days after award date
Archive Date:
November 24, 2017
Original Set Aside:
N/A
Set Aside:
N/A
Classification Code:
15 -- Aircraft & airframe structural components
NAICS Code:
336 -- Transportation Equipment Manufacturing/336414 -- Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing
Contract Award Date:
November 9, 2017
Contract Award Number:
FA8810-18-C-0002
Contract Award Dollar Amount:
$459,989,793
Contractor Awarded Name:
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
Contractor Awarded DUNS:
926451519
Contractor Awarded Address:
1600 Commerce Street
Boulder, Colorado 80301
United States
Synopsis:
Added: Nov 09, 2017 7:38 pm
 
The Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M) acquisition contract will provide for system design and risk reduction of a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite with a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and hosted Government furnished ECP sensor. The contract will include options for the development and fabrication of two LEO satellites as well as options for launch vehicle integration, launch and early orbit test, and operational test and evaluation support.


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Is this program the answer to my earlier question(s)--the successor to DMSP, cancelled NPOES, and cancelled DWSS?

So what is the DoD doing as the DMSP satellites fail?  Where are they getting the data that they need?
NPOES is dead.
DWSS is dead.
Are the NOAA polar meteorological satellites (legacy POES, NPP Suomi, and soon, JPSS-1) providing all the data that DoD needs?
« Last Edit: 12/02/2017 04:59 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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Is this program the answer to my earlier question(s)--the successor to DMSP, cancelled NPOES, and cancelled DWSS?

So what is the DoD doing as the DMSP satellites fail?  Where are they getting the data that they need?
NPOES is dead.
DWSS is dead.
Are the NOAA polar meteorological satellites (legacy POES, NPP Suomi, and soon, JPSS-1) providing all the data that DoD needs?
For microwave imaging, yes.  It's flying GMI instead of MIS.

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The Return of CMIS!
Ball Aerospace "won" CMIS for NPOESS on points, but had the score changed by the Source Selection Officer, or some such titled position in the IPO.
It suffered the fate of most of the NPOESS elements.

.. or at least a mission from "DoD" ;)

edit: Ball Aerospace also built GMI for NASA's GPM.
« Last Edit: 12/02/2017 10:20 PM by Comga »
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