Raytheon Intelligence & Space Operationalizes NOAA’s Cloud Computing Strategy

Joint Polar Satellite System is the first NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service major ground system to make this transition.

ARLINGTON, Va., (April 28, 2021) – Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business (NYSE: RTX), helped the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency achieve a key agency objective to move operational weather data processing from on-premises servers to a secure, commercial cloud environment.

“Faced with expiring equipment, NOAA needed a partner with technical acumen and a deep understanding of their mission,” said David Appel, vice president of Defense & Civil Solutions for Space & C2 Systems for RI&S. “We were able to deliver on an aggressive schedule that enabled NOAA to reduce costs and speed up delivery against their mission objectives.”

By replacing racks of computers at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Maryland and back-up facility in West Virginia, the agency will reduce its footprint 40% to enable long-term cost reductions, and gains in data and operational efficiency.

"What used to take months now takes hours to bring online,” said Anthony Bush, director of Civil Space and Weather at RI&S. “The fusion of all of these sources in the cloud will significantly improve the quality of the data needed for AI/ML processing in the future, enabling NOAA to provide better quality and more accurate forecasts.”

NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System Interface Data Processing Segment, commonly known as JPSS IDPS, is now delivering more than seven terabytes of data per day from a secure commercial cloud service for government customers. The effort reduces hardware obsolescence and paves the way for the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service or NESDIS is the first major ground system to make this transition. JPSS’ move to the cloud is the first step in a bigger vision for NESDIS, which plans to shift most of its ground systems, including data processing, distribution and archive of ground operations, to a cloud-computing solution.

The JPSS IDPS team focused on two data centers in this first milestone toward NOAA’s overall modernization plan, which will take place over the next decade. With cloud and data strategies focused on scaling IT infrastructure and services, NOAA will be able to drive innovation and advances in science with the products and services that they provide. Cloud-based processing provides NOAA with the ability to add new systems and new data streams quickly.

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