Exelis to Build Antennas for NASA Atmosphere Study Program; Paul Eyring Comments

Exelis LogoITT Exelis has won a contract to develop antennas for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to use for multinational atmospheric studies.

Exelis will provide 25 multiband global navigation satellite systems for studies on meteorology, ionospheric research, climatology and space weather, Exelis said Thursday.

Paul Eyring, Exelis senior director of programs for antennas, sensors and microelectronics, said the company aims to make antennas that help the satellites receive signals from multiple bands on GPS satellites.

The Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate-2 program is intended to have 12 satellites with two antennas each that research the atmosphere and ionosphere.

Both the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Taiwan’s National Space Organization sponsor the program.

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