Microwave imager/sounder contract awarded
Hughes Space and Communications Co. (Los Angeles, CA) has received a three-year, $32-million contract to develop a new instrument called the conical scanning microwave imager/sounder. The instrument will be used in the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, which is scheduled for first launch in 2007. The imager portion will penetrate clouds to measure rain rate, wind speed and direction over the ocean, amount of water in clouds, and soil moisture. The sounder will take temperature and humidity profiles of the atmosphere.