Raytheon won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract for a study of High-Resolution Infrared Sounder (HIRIS), a weather instrument designed to offer detailed views of cloud tops and the dry line, where moist and dry air meet.
The contract awarded to Raytheon is for Overhead Persistent Infrared sensor payloads.
Raytheon won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract for a design study of Real Time Imager, an instrument to obtain high-resolution Earth observation imagery from geostationary orbit.
Raytheon and a Northrop Grumman/Ball Aerospace team designed competing sensor payloads for the Next-Gen OPIR geosynchronous satellites.
Raytheon will remove the system’s IBM computers and install new Hewlett Packard Enterprise hardware.
The contracts are to develop and produce Protected Tactical Waveform-capable modems
Until OCX is delivered, the Space Force will use the ground system known as Contingency Operations, or COps, made by Lockheed Martin.
The five-year contract is to develop the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution, or FORGE.
BAE Systems officials called the acquisitions “unique opportunities” to grow its military radio and GPS businesses.
Raytheon says GAO never discussed its findings on the OCX program with the company. The watchdog agency disagrees.
An undercurrent of the SmallSat Symposium was a widespread conviction that a shakeout is looming for certain entrepreneurial space sectors, prompting questions about the future of technology, personnel and business models that never get off the ground, literally or figuratively.
Boeing's investment in BridgeSat and Raytheon's strategic investment in Hawkeye 360 continues the trend of major defense contractors placing bets on enabling technology.
“The VIIRS sensor today was built to meet all of the DoD’s weather needs for electro-optical infrared,” said Wallis Laughrey, Raytheon Space Systems vice president
The U.S. Air Force is focused on information technology, cybersecurity and small satellites to enhance weather capabilities in the near term rather than a new generation of large, sophisticated spacecraft to replace the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.