LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University has landed a major NASA contract to work on a new satellite designed to produce highly accurate climate records. The lab joins Harvard and the University of Wisconsin, Madison in winning a contract to work on the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory project. Its contract is valued at up to $9.6 million over five years. It will provide engineering and design assistance on the infrared measurement systems and other instruments. The lab is a North Logan company that is managed by the Utah State University Research Foundation. According to NASA, the satellite will deliver critical data on natural and human-induced climate change, and provide improved weather forecasts, which are needed to effectively respond to new conditions. It’s expected to launch in the latter part of this decade. “One of the things that prevents us from making definitive statements about climate change is the accuracy of the current observing system we have,” said Dave Young, NASA project scientist. “A major goal of the mission is to provide extremely accurate climate measurements – at the accuracy level of tenths of a percent per decade.” Niel Holt, director of the lab, said he’s pleased his team will once again support NASA for a crucial mission. “(We) will help NASA accomplish the mission that will bring revolutionary accuracy to climate measurement and provide a global benchmark measurement for conclusively determining long-term climate trends,” Holt said. Most recently, the lab worked on NASA’s WISE telescope, which is currently completing a survey of the entire sky.
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