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will supply the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), to JPSS-2.
Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance -- The company's many innovative contributions to the world around us and beyond are epitomized by the dramatically sharp new perspectives of Earth, dubbed Blue Marble, White Marble and Black Marble, offered by Raytheon's Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite instrument aboard the Earth-observing Suomi NPP satellite.
Raytheon is also developing and manufacturing the NPOESS primary electro- optical imaging sensor, the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), at its Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is the primary instrument responsible for global imagery, land and sea surface temperature monitoring, cloud characterization and other key environmental data.
Data provided by the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite, which will fly in a polar orbit aboard NASA's NPOESS Preparatory Project spacecraft, will provide advanced forecasting imagery as part of the next-generation U.
NASA also awarded Raytheon a separate JPSS contract to complete work on the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite.
The NPP compatibility test used the NPP flight spacecraft, synthetically generated science data, spacecraft diagnostic and telemetry data collected from the spacecraft, and three of its key sensors: the flight Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder, the Engineering Development Unit (EDU) Cross-track Infrared Sounder and the EDU Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite.
Ongoing programs at the civil space site are: the Glory Aerosol Polarimeter Sensor, the first-ever space-qualified aerosol polarimeter to measure climate changes; and the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite, an advanced infrared sensing suite that is part of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) currently in development to replace the current generation of civilian and military weather satellites.