U.S. Space Force Awards Northrop Grumman $7.3 Million for DMSP Sensor Sustainment

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has been awarded a $7.3 million firm-fixed-price contract modification by the U.S. Space Force (USSF) for Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) sensor sustainment.

This contract modification (FA8823-17-C-0001)(P00013) provides for the exercise of an option for sensor sustainment of the DMSP on-orbit constellation being provided under the basic contract. The USSF’s Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

The total cumulative face value of the contract is $29.3 million. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of the award.

Work will be performed in Azusa, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Boulder, Colorado; and Dallas, Texas, and is expected to be completed on May 31, 2021.

Since the mid-1960s, when the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), low, earth-orbiting satellites have provided the military with important environmental information. Each DMSP satellite has a 101 minute orbit and provides global coverage twice per day.

DMSP Block 5D-2 Satellite
Artist’s concept of DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program) Block 5D-2 satellite in orbit. The Block 5D-2 version was launched 9 times during 1982-1997. (USAF photo)

The DMSP satellites “see” such environmental features as clouds, bodies of water, snow, fire, and pollution in the visual and infrared spectra. Scanning radiometers record information which can help determine cloud type and height, land and surface water temperatures, water currents, ocean surface features, ice, and snow. Communicated to ground-based terminals, the data is processed, interpreted by meteorologists, and ultimately used in planning and conducting U.S. military operations worldwide.

The DMSP is managed by the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. Daily operations is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Suitland, MD.

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