Raytheon Awarded Third Visible IR Imager Contract
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 14, 2013 — Raytheon Co. has received a third NASA contract to develop a Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS) spacecraft.
The JPSS instrument will provide critical observations to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting through the collection of imagery in 22 spectral bands, allowing scientists to understand global weather and climate patterns in greater detail.
“The meteorology community has expressed overwhelmingly positive feedback for the data VIIRS provides,” said Bill Hart, vice president of Space Systems. “VIIRS has set new benchmarks in low-light imagery and shown itself to be an indispensable tool in developing highly accurate, timely forecasts that are used to protect life and property during major weather events.”
VIIRS will maintain the continuity of critical data records established with predecessor instruments, including Raytheon’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor, while flying on the JPSS family of satellites.
Construction of the JPSS-1 VIIRS instrument is on track for delivery in 2014.
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