EL SEGUNDO, Calif., (July 22, 2020) — Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, will provide an initial prototype system design for the Next Generation Electro-Optical Infrared Weather Satellite for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. The satellite will provide the Department of Defense with Theater Weather Imaging and Cloud Characterization capabilities.
The DoD uses systems that collect and analyze Earth observations to report and predict the weather. The TWICC satellite will improve the data output from those systems, helping operators make better-informed decisions on how to execute missions.
“Our system will gather all the info needed to not only build an accurate weather forecast, but to really understand what’s going on in the atmosphere – both of which are essential to planning and executing a mission,” said Wallis Laughrey, vice president of Space and C2 Systems at RI&S. “Understanding clouds and cloud movement could be used for things as simple as route planning for air-to-air refueling or to know where clouds might be covering an area of interest.”
Raytheon Intelligence & Space will design TWICC in just eight months by leveraging technology and expertise from current weather systems like the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.
The program will be awarded in three phases. The RI&S contract is through the initial prototype system design review. The second phase is final design review and the third is build, integration and launch.
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