Raytheon to provide NASA with faster data delivery from weather satellites

Image taken from the JPSS website.
Image taken from the JPSS website.

Raytheon Co., the Waltham-based defense contractor, said Friday that it has received a $185 million modification from NASA on its current Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System contract.

The modification is intended to increase the capability and capacity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s three satellites that support the JPSS mission through 2022, Raytheon said in a press release.

The JPSS is a polar-orbiting environmental satellite system and a collaborative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its acquisition agent NASA. The system tracks storms and weather events and provides images that can show changes in the earth’s environment over time, Raytheon said. Raytheon is the provider of the ground station acquiring the operational and scientific data from the program’s satellites.

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The current JPSS CGS contract is valued at $1.7 billion, and this new modification adds key capabilities, including improved operational and data availability, faster data delivery, automated mission management, and information assurance.