Polar Scout small satellites built by Raytheon for responsive space program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. In partnership with Millennium Engineering and Integration, Raytheon engineers built two two small, Polar Scout satellites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under a larger program led by the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space program to show how they can be built efficiently and cost effectively.

The satellites have flexible radio frequency receivers to help search and rescue teams locate emergency beacons in remote areas, such as the Arctic. Raytheon assembles small satellites at its advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to Millennium, Raytheon worked with Rincon Research and Space Dynamics Laboratories to develop and produce the Polar Scout satellites. The smallsats are scheduled to be launched into lower Earth orbit later this year.