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The award was granted for the corporation’s outstanding contributions to atmospheric, ocean, and heliophysics science and operational forecasting through production of satellites, radars, sensors and information technology over the past five decades.
The award was presented to Wanda Sigur, vice president and general manager of Civil Space for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, at the AMS annual meeting in Phoenix on Jan. 7.
“This award speaks of the value of Lockheed Martin’s long history of advancing the science and developing the technologies essential to the success of the nation’s weather enterprise,” said Sigur. “We are proud of the rich contributions of our scientists and engineers, and grateful for the service provided by NOAA and others who use these technologies to save lives and property.”
Since the 1950s, Lockheed Martin has developed satellites, Doppler weather radars, upper air observing systems, hurricane-hunter aircraft and weather data information systems for federal agencies. In 1960 Lockheed Martin developed the first weather satellite, TIROS-1.
Since then, the corporation has developed more than 100 weather and Earth science spacecraft and is currently developing the newest generation of NOAA’s geostationary weather satellites, the GOES-R Series, for an early 2016 launch.
“Lockheed Martin had made many contributions to the advancement of meteorology and AMS is proud to recognize them for their more than 50 years of work,” said AMS President William Gail. “A prime example is the corporation’s development of the GOES-R satellite, which meteorologists across the country are eagerly waiting for its deployment.”
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