Raytheon-Built Ground System for Joint Polar Satellite Program Becomes Operational

Raytheon has powered up a new Common Ground System the company built to support an upcoming launch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Joint Polar Satellite System.

Version 2 of JPSS CGS is designed to transmit observations from 11 future polar-orbiting satellites to NOAA’s National Weather Service agency at a rate 50 percent faster than that of the original CGS, Raytheon said Tuesday.

NASA developed the first JPSS CGS for NOAA researchers to gather and distribute observations from weather satellites stationed above the U.S., Europe and Japan.

The space agency aims to launch JPSS-1 at Vandenberg Air Force in California by Nov. 14.

The JPSS constellation will work to collect global environmental data that meteorologists and forecasters can use to forecast and disseminate weather forecasts.

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