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Raytheon Wins Contract for Third NASA-NOAA Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite

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Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has won a contract from NASA to develop a radiometer that will work to collect space imagery used for global weather and climate patterns research.

The award is the third order for the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite, used on the agency’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 spacecraft with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Raytheon said Monday.

Bill Hart, vice president of space and airborne systems at Raytheon, said the company has received positive feedback from the meteorology community about the VIIRS’ data collection features.

Hart added the VIIRS works to develop forecasts with the goal of helping protect life and property during major weather events.

Raytheon’s first VIIRS flew aboard the Suomi NPP spacecraft in October 2011.

The second VIIRS, currently in production and scheduled for delivery in 2014, will be integrated with the first JPSS spacecraft.

The VIIRS is the latest of data gathering tools developed by Raytheon such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor.

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