updated 10/6/2010 2:17:31 PM ET 2010-10-06T18:17:31

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 6, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integral Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq:ISYS), announced today that it has been awarded a task order with a base year and four option years, for a task order value of $4.1 million contract to modernize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Polar Ground Systems (PGS). PGS delivers Command and Control (C2) operations for NOAA's Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), and Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC); constellations of polar-orbiting weather satellites providing global atmospheric and surface measurements for NOAA environmental forecast models. The ground stations scheduled for upgrading are located in Suitland, Maryland, Wallops, Virginia and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Under the terms of the contract, Integral Systems will provide a critical technology refresh of the PGS ground station hardware and software, which will allow the continuation of the POES, DMSP, Jason-2, and COSMIC missions throughout the next decade. Integral Systems had been the major contributor of previous PGS upgrades. PGS has provided automated control for NOAA's polar satellite fleet since 1992.

"Integral Systems has provided critical ground system management services and support to NOAA for more than 20 years," said David Bryant, Vice President of Civil Programs for Integral Systems. "Today's contract marks the continuation of our successful contributions in building satellite ground systems for NOAA that helps ensure accurate weather forecasting."

The Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) and the Environmental Satellite Processing Center (ESPC) located at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland, and the NOAA Command and Data Acquisition Stations (CDAS) at Fairbanks, Alaska (FCDAS) and Wallops, Virginia (WCDAS), comprise the PGS. Command and data acquisition control of the polar-orbiting and geostationary operational satellites is conducted at the SOCC through communications links with CDAS ground system facilities.

About Integral Systems

Integral Systems, Inc., of Columbia, Md, applies more than 25 years experience to provide integrated technology solutions for satellite communications-interfaced systems. Customers have relied on the Integral Systems family of companies (Integral Systems, Inc., Integral Systems Europe, Lumistar, Inc., Newpoint Technologies, Inc., RT Logic and SAT Corporation) to deliver on time and on budget for more than 250 satellite missions. Our dedication to customer service has solidified long-term relationships with the U.S. Air Force, NASA, NOAA, and nearly every satellite operator in the world. For more information, visit www.integ.com .

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