Key Sensor Delivered for NPP Satellite

ITT’s CrIS instrument will be on board NASA NPOESS
ITT's CrIS instrument will be on board NASA NPOESS

Rochester NY, USA – An advanced infrared sensor designed to improve weather forecasting around the world has been delivered for integration and testing on the precursor satellite to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), a key sensor for the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) was delivered June 18 by Northrop Grumman Corporation’s subcontractor ITT to a Ball Aerospace facility in Boulder CO, USA.

ITT’s CrIS instrument will provide the most advanced measurements of temperature and moisture profiles in the atmosphere to date, for enhanced weather forecasting and long-term climate prediction,” said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems for ITT Geospatial Systems.

“This accomplishment expands ITT’s legacy of providing reliable, sophisticated climate and environmental monitoring sensors and systems for more than 40 years.”

Current U.S. operational infrared sounders provide about 20 infrared (IR) channels of information and characterize atmospheric temperature profiles to an accuracy of 2 to 3 K*.

CrIS will provide more than 1,000 spectral channels of information in the infrared, at an improved horizontal spatial resolution, and will be able to measure temperature profiles with accuracy approaching one kelvin*.

The instrument has been developed to provide military and civil operational users with high caliber data for the next decade and beyond.

“The test program conducted on the CrIS Flight 1 instrument demonstrated the sensor’s performance and capacity to deliver high quality data products that will support key operational weather and climate monitoring missions” said Linnie Haynesworth, the Northrop Grumman vice president for the NPOESS program.

CrIS was built by ITT under contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the NPOESS program, with the first unit onboard the NPOESS Preparatory Project spacecraft, scheduled to launch next year.

For more information on ITT’s CrIS instrument, go to Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Solutions page

About ITT Geospatial Systems

ITT Geospatial Systems (, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is a global supplier of innovative night vision, remote sensing and navigation solutions that provide sight and situational awareness at the space, airborne, ground and soldier levels. ITT Geospatial Systems solutions range from image and data capture through processing and dissemination. Key applications include image intensification and thermal imaging; advanced power supplies; multi-spectral image systems; weather and climate monitoring; space science; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; GPS-based positioning, navigation and timing systems; and image exploitation software. Using our technologies, customers can move beyond mere image acquisition to image interchange and true knowledge sharing.

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation ( is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated 2009 revenue of $10.9 billion.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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* NOTE:The name kelvin, symbol K, is one of the two agreed international terms for the unit of temperature on the International Temperature Scale of 1990, not degrees Kelvin or ??K; (the other is the degree Celsius, symbol ??C)