Companies Vie to Design New Weather Satellite
Multiple defense contractors have been chosen to develop a prototype design for the Space Force’s next-generation electro-optical infrared weather satellite.
The Space Enterprise Consortium awarded $309 million in the form of three other transaction authority agreements for the first phase of the program. Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group and Raytheon received OTAs.
The spacecraft will help “inform operators and warfighters on decisions on how to execute missions,” said Shawn Cochran, senior business development manager for space and C2 systems at Raytheon Intelligence and Space. “It’s really designed from the onset to help us better understand clouds, cloud movement, and characterize them to enable things like air-to-air refueling missions, or [operations] where clouds could be covering an area of interest.”
The companies will be working on phase 1 for eight months, Cochran said. Phase 2 is