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ITT Exelis contracted to provide satellite remote sensors.



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: XLS) said it received a $3.2 million follow-on contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base Kirtland Air Force Base is located in the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque, New Mexico, adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport. The base is the third largest installation in Air Force Materiel Command, covering 51,558 acres (209 kmĀ²) and employing over 23,000 people, , N.M., to provide upgraded satellite remote sensor systems.

The Exelis Coherent Beacon System is a space-based sensor system that investigates and forecasts natural disturbances in the Earth's atmosphere. The sensor system transmits multiple signals through the ionosphere ionosphere (īŏn`əsfēr), series of concentric ionized layers forming part of the upper atmosphere of the earth from around 30 to 50 mi (50 to 80 km) to 250 to 370 mi (400 to 600 km) where it merges with the magnetosphere, the region  (the upper part of the atmosphere) to a ground-based receiver.

"The new sensor system gives our customers advance knowledge about changes in space weather," said ITT Exelis director of antenna and space programs Mark Fournier. "This system will allow the US military to predict the effects of ionospheric activity on signals from communication and navigation satellites, which are critical to the safety and performance of our warfighters."

Under this contract, Exelis will provide additional sensors, simulators and the ground support equipment required for future payload integration activities. Exelis is teamed with Ball Aerospace Technologies company under the sponsorship of AFRL Noun 1. AFRL - a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces
Air Force Research Laboratory

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. The original contract was awarded in 2011.

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion.

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