ESSIC Team led by Carr Astronautics is awarded a NOAA ProTech Contract

For Immediate Release
June 20th, 2017
Contacts: Mark Baith,

ESSIC Team led by Carr Astronautics is awarded a NOAA ProTech Contract

COLLEGE PARK, MD – The University of Maryland (UMD) Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) is part of a consortium effort led by Carr Astronautics that is among the awardees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new ProTech services solution contract.

ProTech is a suite of multiple-award Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts consisting of five Domains: Satellite, Ocean, Fisheries, Weather, and Enterprise Operations.  The contract is intended to fulfill NOAA’s Line and Staff office requirements for professional and technical services in support of the agency’s varied missions.

The ESSIC Carr-led component is contained within the ProTech Satellite Domain and pertains to both satellite and observation activities and the collection, preservation, and dissemination of information and services derived therefrom.  ESSIC’s frequent NOAA collaborative partner, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is the primary user of the domain.  NEDSIS is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life.

According to ESSIC Interim Director Professor Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, “the ProTech award provides an excellent opportunity for ESSIC to engage with the private sector in research to support NOAA science and application needs.”

The period of performance per Domain is a two (2) year base period and three (3) one-year option periods for a total period of performance of five (5) years if all options are exercised.

Jim Carr, President and CEO of Carr Astronautics is a graduate of the University of Maryland (PhD Physics, 1989).

Media Contacts
Mark Baith
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center