Raytheon has moved into the testing phase of an electronic component the company designed to fly on a satellite scheduled to launch in 2015 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Ambient testing on the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite started in November with the goals of evaluating the system’s mechenical functions, how it measures phenomena and how the electronics module commands the sensor via flight software in a lab at room temperature, Raytheon said Thursday.
This suite is intended for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft, a weather and environmental forecasting satellite that NASA is acquiring and developing for NOAA.
“The Raytheon team continues to make steady progress on the second VIIRS instrument, in keeping with our commitment to deliver the completed sensor in 2015,” said Bill Hart, vice president of space systems for Raytheon’s space and airborne systems business.
Raytheon also built a suite for the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP spacecraft, which is currently flying.