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Raytheon Providing NOAA Weather Satellite Ground Stations; Bill Sullivan Comments

RaytheonLogoRaytheon provided the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration two backup facilities for satellite operations before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, the company said Tuesday.

The company deployed the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System facilities with the goal of providing meteorologists, emergency response teams and other stakeholders weather information during the storm.

Bill Sullivan, JPSS CGS program director for Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems business, said the company built the two stations within nine months with the goal of helping NOAA protect weather information during a power outage.

“Severe weather events are unpredictable,” he said. “Superstorm Sandy caused mass power outages along the East Coast.”

He added the company also aimed to declare the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership an operational mission.

The Fairbanks Command and Data Acquisition Station is located in Gilmore Creek, Alaska and an emergency backup control center is located at Raytheon campus in Aurora, Colo.

Raytheon recently announced it added a satellite from Japan into the JPSS’ ground system.

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Written by Ross Wilkers

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