ITT Provides Main Sensors for GOES-O Weather Satellite

Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:10pm EDT

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Sensors to help meteorologists improve short-term forecasts
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--
ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) announced today that its latest weather sensors have
successfully launched into space. Designed and built by ITT`s Space Systems
business, the imager and sounder instruments were launched on June 26, 2009 from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida aboard the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental
Satellite-O (GOES-O). These core instruments provide crucial data to the
National Weather Service for severe weather forecasting. Images from ITT`s
weather satellite instruments are seen on U.S. television newscasts every day,
and are essential for tracking and forecasting hurricanes and other severe
weather. 

Built for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space
Flight Center (GSFC), ITT`s imager and sounder are the primary payload
instruments that reside on the current generation of GOES. 

"We are extremely proud to have our second generation and seventh overall imager
and sounder instrument sets in space and look forward to seeing them operational
in orbit," said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and director of commercial and
space sciences for ITT`s Space Systems business. 

GOES-O is the second of three in the current series of geostationary weather and
environmental satellites. GOES satellites provide a constant vigil from
geostationary orbit protecting lives and property by sensing the atmospheric
"triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail
storms and hurricanes. 

The ITT-built GOES imager and sounder instruments provide images and data about
atmospheric temperature, moisture levels, surface and cloud top temperatures and
many other critical meteorological measurements that will be used to improve
short-term weather forecasts. 

Next Generation Prototype Successfully Integrated

ITT also recently announced the successful integration of the next generation
prototype model for NOAA`s upcoming geostationary satellite series. The Advanced
Baseline Imager (ABI) will provide significant technological improvements to
current instruments. ABI will monitor and measure atmospheric conditions with
three times more information than currently measured and will provide twice the
clarity of images down to 0.5 kilometers. 

ABI can also make severe weather data and images available to weather
forecasters every 30 seconds rather than the current rate of every 7.5 minutes,
and can provide full earth disc images in five minutes rather than the current
rate of 30 minutes. Also, for the first time, NOAA will be able to zoom in to
track a specific storm while still collecting data and images from across the
country. Together, these advancements will provide more accurate and localized
forecasts, thereby improving predictions of a storm`s development, path, and
intensity, saving lives in the process. 

ABI will also be useful in studying and monitoring climate change. Datasets from
ABI on sea-surface temperature, cloud coverage and solar radiance, and ABI`s
ability to help calibrate and validate other climate instruments will be another
significant tool for scientists. 

ITT`s Space Systems business has a long heritage of developing space borne
meteorological instruments dating back to 1960, including the low-earth orbiting
Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) program, Polar Operational
Environmental Satellites (POES) Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)
instruments, High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) instruments, GOES
I through M series of imager and sounder instruments, and the next generation
Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) for the GOES-R meteorological satellites,
scheduled to launch in 2015. 

ITT provides innovative remote sensing and navigation solutions to customers in
the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA National Weather Service, intelligence,
space science and commercial aerospace to help them visualize and understand
critical events happening on Earth, in the air, or in space in time to take
effective action. Leveraging comprehensive capabilities, ITT's solutions span
from image and data collection through processing and dissemination. Key
applications include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance;
high-resolution commercial imaging; space science; climate and environmental
monitoring; GPS navigation; image and data processing and dissemination; and
space control and missile defense. www.ssd.itt.com

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company
operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids
management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a
heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary
solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety
and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company
generated 2008 sales of $11.7 billion. www.itt.com





ITT Corporation
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