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THERMOTREX RECEIVES ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE OZONE DEPLETION

 THERMOTREX RECEIVES ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION
 FOR DEVELOPMENT OF INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE OZONE DEPLETION
 SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ThermoTrex Corporation (ASE-TKN) has received a $1 million modification to an existing contract with the Office of Naval Research (under the sponsorship of the Innovative Science and Technology Directorate of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization) to design and build a space-based polar ozone aerosol measurement (POAM) instrument. ThermoTrex Corporation (TTC) has received a total of more than $6 million in government funding for this project.
 The POAM II unit, which was designed and built by ThermoTrex, will be delivered later this year to the French space agency, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), and is slated to be launched aboard the agency's SPOT 3 satellite next summer. The additional money will be used to make performance enhancements and to provide launch and post- launch support.
 This instrument is part of the POAM II program, which is a continuation of atmospheric ozone and aerosol research that has been carried out for many years by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense in the United States and CNES in France.
 The POAM II unit is intended to gather data on the composition and optical properties of the atmosphere over the North and South poles. In addition to environmental monitoring, the data collected by POAM II will contribute to the understanding of polar weather patterns, the formation of polar stratospheric clouds, and the chemistry of the earth's mid- and upper atmosphere.
 POAM II will collect data on the polar atmospheres as SPOT 3 passes over each pole 18 times a day. On each orbit, POAM II will observe sunrise over the South Pole and sunset over the North Pole. From these measurements, the concentrations of ozone, aerosols, nitrogen oxide, water vapor, and temperature at various altitudes can be determined.
 The POAM program is managed by the Office of Naval Research, with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization providing funding for experiment development, and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Space Test and Small Launch Vehicle Programs Office providing funding for satellite integration and launch. The SPOT 3 satellite, which will be the latest in a series of earth-imaging satellites launched by CNES, was built by Matra Espace in Toulouse, France. CNES will provide satellite integration and launch.
 ThermoTrex Corporation develops advanced technology in electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems, signal processing, materials technology, lasers, and thermionic and thermoelectric direct-energy conversion. Currently, the company is developing several commercial products, including a sonic CT (computerized tomography) system for real-time imaging of soft tissue and internal organs, a passive microwave camera that would enable pilots to "see" through fog and clouds to enhance navigation, and a wind-shear detector to provide pilots with advance warning of wind shears. ThermoTrex Corporation is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 /CONTACT: John Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
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