Raytheon completes upgrades to processing system for JPSS satellite

AURORA, Colo. Engineers at Raytheon completed the upgrades and final testing of data transport and processing system for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPPS) Common Ground System (CGS), which provides weather and environmental data used by NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the agencies' international partners.

The upgrade accelerates data processing and dissemination, improves system availability, and provides protection of the data and the CGS in support of the upcoming JPSS-1 launch as well as future satellite missions, official say.

"The new system will output 11 terabytes of data a day being downlinked from the JPSS constellation," says Matt Gilligan, vice president of 's Navigation and Environmental Solutions. "JPSS CGS will speed up delivery of weather data to regional forecast centers that build weather models, track environmental aerosols, and map polar ice movements."

Prior to the JPSS-1 launch scheduled for September 2017, the system is scheduled for a final step to upgrade the flight operation elements of the CGS.

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