SAIC to provide tech services for buoy network

SAIC to provide tech services for buoy network

The National Weather Service has awarded a five-year contract worth $32.4 million to Science Applications International Corp. to provide technical services to the National Data Buoy Center at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Under the contract, the San Diego company will provide engineering, operations, data quality, quality assurance and other technical services.

The buoy center maintains a network of 68 moored buoy and 56 automated network stations in the deep ocean and coastal zone. The stations measure barometric pressure; wind speed, direction and gust; air and sea-surface temperatures; and wave heights.

The readings are relayed around the world every hour via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites network.

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