The cosmic forces of the United States ordered the American company Raytheon development and production of the first prototype of a new meteorological satellite, which is on the program Next Generation Electro-Optical Infrared Weather Satellite (optical-electronic and infrared weather satellite of the new generation). About it reports C4ISRNET. It is assumed that spacecraft of this type will eventually replace the grouping of weather satellites DMSP.
The DMSP satellite constellation was formed during the second half of 1960-ies. It includes the spacecraft, equipped with optical-electronic and infrared systems. They are responsible for obtaining meteorological and Oceanographic data for the Ministry of defense. The satellites are polar and sun-synchronous orbits.
At the end of 2000-ies the American military conducted a tender for the development of a new meteorological satellite, however, in 2012 the contest was cancelled. Raytheon company was selected to develop the satellite according to the results of a new competition in 2017.
As expected, Raytheon will prepare a draft of a new spacecraft over the next eight months. Details about the forthcoming work are not disclosed. As expected, the first satellite developed under the program of Next Generation Electro-Optical Infrared Weather Satellite to be launched in 2024.
In April this year, the American company Ball Aerospace has defended the project meteorological satellite WSF (Weather System Follow-on satellite satellite tracking weather conditions), the development of which is on the order of the Cosmic forces of the United States.
Promising WSF satellite will gather data about the drive vector winds at the ocean, tropical cyclone intensity and density of charged particles in low earth orbit. In addition, these data will be used to plan the operation of the fleet, as well as to predict possible communication interruptions and to assess the state of the ionosphere.