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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

NEXION Upgrades for USAF Weather Net

ARINC Engineering Services will complete the installation of new digital solid-state sensor technology at 29 locations of the USAF Ionospheric Data Network. ARINC’s Space Weather Group in Colorado Springs, CO will continue its 17-year record of support for global weather data networks of the Air Force Weather Agency. ARINC is installing new ionospheric sensor technology known as NEXION (Next Generation Ionosonde). Five of 29 installations were completed last year. The new task order, under the Air Force F2AST program, will allow ARINC to complete installation of the remaining 24 locations and provide sustainment of all 29 unmanned sites worldwide. Ionospheric activity determines how far and where High Frequency (HF) radio signals travel, a critical factor in military and aviation communications. The NEXION systems will be deployed at 10 of the existing ionospheric network sites and 19 new sites. ARINC will be responsible for ongoing network sustainment, 24-hour support, and remote diagnostics through 2019.
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