ERT was awarded a contract for project management and engineering services to help oversee and manage delivery of the Radio Frequency Interference Monitoring System (RFIMS), a new capability designed to prevent data loss in the NOAA satellite downlink due to shared frequency spectrum. ERT will work closely with the RFIMS developer to ensure the timely delivery of a fully-integrated system to the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service Office of Satellite Ground Services.
This work, issued as a task order under NOAA’s ProTech Satellite vehicle, is primarily being performed in Silver Spring, Maryland. The initial period of performance is one year, but the contract could last through November 2022 if all options are exercised.
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In 2012, 15 MHz of frequency spectrum used by NOAA weather satellite systems was auctioned off to be shared with commercial high-speed wireless carriers. This month, cell phones began operating at the same frequencies used by NOAA ground stations to receive date from weather satellites. Once deployed, the role of the RFIMS will be to monitor the shared frequency spectrum, protecting ground stations for NOAA and the Departments of Defense and Interior by detecting, identifying, and reporting on potentially harmful radio frequency interference originating from nearby wireless equipment so that interference can quickly be mitigated.