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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct.28, 2011 –An ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT)-built advanced atmospheric sounding instrument for the next-generation U.S. climate and weather monitoring system satellite was successfully launched at 2:48 a.m. PDT Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
An integral part of the NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Preparatory Project (NPP), the Cross-track Infrared Sounder, or CrIS, will be the first in a series of advanced operational sounders. They will provide more accurate, detailed atmospheric temperature and moisture observations for weather and climate applications.
Sounders work by taking an X-ray of the atmospheric column from ground all the way up through the clouds. The sounders flying today for U.S. and Europe provide 19 slices of the column. ITT’s CriS instrument will take more than 1,000 slices. This will be critical to improving weather forecast models by providing more detailed information about moisture, temperature and pressure.
"ITT is thrilled with Friday’s successful launch,” said Robert Mitrevski, vice president and general manager, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Systems, ITT Geospatial Systems. “The CrIS instrument will provide the most precise atmospheric temperature and moisture-sounding data in advanced numerical weather prediction models. These models will improve both global and regional predictions of weather patterns, storm tracks and precipitation. I'd like to congratulate all ITT employees on a job well done and thank them for their hard work that helped create this success."
The NPP satellite will collect information for more than 30 key long-term data sets, ranging from the ozone layer and land cover to atmospheric temperatures and ice cover. The information collected will be critical for understanding the Earth’s climate and its changes over time.
ITT’s CrIS instrument was launched on board the NPP satellite on a Delta II rocket. It will fly at an altitude of 512 miles above the Earth and will circle the globe 14 times a day.
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. 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.
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 reported 2010 revenue of $11 billion.

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