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Raytheon Completes Upgrade in Antarctica for US Air Force

Raytheon Completes Upgrade in Antarctica for US Air Force - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Raytheon Completes Upgrade in Antarctica for US Air Force - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Raytheon has completed a major communications upgrade for the U.S. Air Force in Antarctica. This was done in support of future scientific and environmental satellite missions. The McMurdo station in Antarctica is the largest of U.S. Antarctic Research stations and hosts the Air Force“™s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.

Raytheon“™s work consisted of increasing the off-continent communications bandwidth from 20 megabits per second outbound to 60 megabits per second. The increase in bandwidth enables additional polar-orbiting environmental and weather satellite systems to use McMurdo station as a second downlink site.

“These tasks were accomplished on schedule and are a testament to the Raytheon team“™s dedication, professionalism and engineering expertise,“ said Craig Weikel, NASA government command, control and communications lead for the JPSS program.

A forth and final upgrade to the program“™s communications network will occur during the 2011-2012 austral summer.

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