January 8, 2015 – Alan Hall, Chairman and CEO of Tempus Global Data has announced a joint operating agreement with Ball Aerospace. Ball will act as prime contractor to build a constellation of six STORM (hyperspectral atmospheric sounding) sensors that will fly as a hosted payload in GEO orbit. Two additional sensors may also be built and deployed as free-fliers. These components were also part of the announced agreement.
STORM (Sounding & Tracking Observatory for Regional Meteorology) is designed to take high-fidelity measurements of atmospheric conditions, providing data not currently available to weather forecasters and allowing better prediction of hurricane landfalls, tornado formation and weather forecasts.
“After careful thought and a deep look at the industry, Ball Aerospace was an obvious business partner for us,” Hall said. “The team at Utah State University, which developed the sensor, will continue to play a role in the technology development and Ball will be our prime contractor to oversee and build the sensors.”
“Ball has extraordinary depth and experience in this arena,” Hall said. “They have the rapid production capability we are looking for, and a team of seasoned engineers, relevant experience and the capacity to help us complete our requirements.”
Cary Ludtke, Vice President and General Manager, Operational Space for Ball Aerospace, commenting on the agreement, said his team took a close look at the commercial weather industry and felt that “Tempus’ atmospheric sounding technology represents an important and transformational approach to forecasting.
“Ball is a leader in the weather satellite field and this further solidifies our leadership role,” Ludtke said.
Ludtke also emphasized that Ball had a clear understanding of the technology at USU and a familiarity with the team that developed it. “We admire the talented professionals who have spent years making GEO-based instrumentation possible. We look forward to our relationship with them, and with the team at Tempus who is commercializing data products,” Ludtke said.