ANSER to Analyze Alternatives for Future NOAA Weather Research PlatformFalls Church, VA (July 07, 2015) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Acquisition and Grants Office has awarded ANSER a $1.2M contract to conduct an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) for the replacement of NOAA’s aging WP‑3D aircraft. NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC), in MacDill AFB, Florida operates two WP‑3D Orion aircraft in support of NOAA and national research. The priority missions of these aircraft are hurricane research and surveillance during the hurricane season, as well as national priority atmospheric research support year-round. This AoA study will address the full range of possible NOAA missions to be conducted by a replacement weather research platform, and will assess alternatives among sensors and platforms that would be available in time to replace the NOAA WP‑3Ds.
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