Raytheon satellite sensor payload tested for survival in space

Raytheon has announcement the completion of thermal vacuum testing of the sensor payload for the US Space Force’s next-generation persistent infrared missile warning satellites.

According to the company, thermal vacuum testing exposes the sensor payload to a space-like environment to assess its survivability. The test provides data that Raytheon can use for model correlation, flight hardware production and payload delivery.

The company uses model correlation data to simulate space-like environments and assess payload performance across various mission threads, including design, launch, and post-delivery support.

Raytheon also used a tabletop thermal vacuum chamber to validate the initial design of the satellite sensor payload optical components.

“This kind of agile development can offer rapid, iterative design insights while modeling scalable payload upgrade capabilities to meet future threats and mission demands,” the U.S. aerospace company said in a statement. Press release. “Digital engineering can also save non-recurring engineering cost items on programs.”

The Next Generation Airborne Persistent Infrared Satellite was developed by Lockheed Martin to provide more resilient missile warnings to the US Space Force. The company chose Raytheon to design a viable sensor payload for the platform.

“Principal for our success”

Official of Raytheon Intelligence & Space Christine Robertson explained that the company recognizes the evolving threats in space and strives to provide advanced solutions to these challenges.

She said the company is exploring ways to leverage high technology readiness level components and sensor programs to ensure solutions meet mission-critical requirements.

“Space is a dynamic environment,” Robertson said. “Ensuring that our instruments are ready to meet the challenges is paramount to our success. We leverage our deep technical expertise to meet the urgent need for space-based early warning of existing and advanced strategic missile threats.

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