Raytheon Completes Ground Segment Test for AF Weather Agency

Segment hits a major mark as the program prepares for launch (Omaha, Neb., March 10, 2009) -- Raytheon Company , Northrop Grumman Corp. and the NPOESS (National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Integrated Program Office recently deployed and successfully demonstrated the ground segment's interface data processing segment to the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The team conducted a demonstration for the agency using simulated data from the primary NPOESS sensor. The data was streamed from Svalbard, Norway, through the NPOESS command, control and communications segment and then processed by the interface data processing segment at the Air Force Weather Agency. "A new height in weather satellite data exploitation was accomplished when the simulated data was successfully processed," said Col. John Murphy, Air Force Weather Agency commander. "The interface data processing segment completes the first operational NPOESS ground system in the Defense Department and will be vital to future weather exploitation and military operations." The segment, which will link NPOESS data products to users, is vital for future environmental analysis and weather forecasting that support civil applications, scientific research and military operations. "This marks significant progress in validating that the NPOESS ground segment performs well for the NPOESS Preparatory Project and delivers a quality product to the end user," said Michael Mader, vice president and NPOESS program director for Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems. "The test validates all the hard work that the NPOESS Integrated Program Office, NASA and the contractor team have accomplished."

Source: Raytheon
Date: Mar 11, 2009