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Tackling the New GOES: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded program definition and risk reduction contracts worth $10 million for work on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, known as GOES-R, to Lockheed Martin and to the team of Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. The initial contracts run for six months, but they could be extended for up to 16 months for another $20 million. GOES-R is the next-generation environmental satellite system, which is intended to monitor data for daily and long range weather forecasting and climate studies across the globe.