SAN FRANCISCO – Raytheon won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract for a design study of Real Time Imager (RTI), an instrument to obtain high-resolution Earth observation imagery from geostationary orbit.
NOAA awarded Raytheon Intelligence & Space a $413,088 contract in April to spend six months assessing an approach called step-and-stare imaging.
Unlike the Advanced Baseline Imager on NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) series, which captures imagery by continually scanning scenes, RTI is designed to stare at an area larger than 1,000 kilometers by 1,000 kilometers before focusing on another area. The next areas of focus can be adjacent to the previous one or across the globe.
“By staring we get much better sensitivity,” Jeff Puschell, Space Systems principal engineering fellow for Raytheon Intelligence & Space, told SpaceNews. “With our rather large footprint, we cover the entire Earth very efficiently.”
The Raytheon award is one of a series of contracts NOAA is issuing to investigate potential instruments, spacecraft, business models and mission concepts for the space-based architecture to succeed the Joint Polar Satellite System and GOES-R series.
As of June 2, NOAA had awarded 26 contracts for analyses of instrument and mission concepts. Fourteen of the contracts fund ...