The University of New Hampshire has selected Raytheon to build a space-based hyperspectral sensor technology that NASA will send into a geosynchronous orbit to monitor coastal waters.
Raytheon said Monday that the Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer sensor is designed to collect data within the electromagnetic spectrum that includes visible, infrared and ultraviolet light to help researchers visualize the state of the Earth's coastal ecosystem. The space agency awarded UNH a $107.9M contract earlier this month to lead the GLIMR project under the Earth Venture Instrument program.
According to Raytheon, the sensor will work to transmit information about ocean and coastal ecosystems found in the Gulf of Mexico, Amazon River and southeastern U.S. Data from the mission can aid decisionmakers in managing disaster response efforts. GLIMR will fly aboard a NASA-selected host spacecraft sometime in 2026 or 2027.