Support to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Raytheon has been supporting NASA meet its science and data system challenges at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, since 1998.  In partnership with JPL, Raytheon has built and continues to operate two state-of-the-art data centers under the Science Data Systems Implementation and Operations (SDSIO) contract.  Raytheon operates and administers both data centers, including supporting JPL system engineering and development (design, analysis, testing, integration), hardware engineering, sustaining engineering, and operations.  The first data center houses critical operational elements of the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PODAAC).  Designed to archive and distribute ocean-related remote-sensing data to scientists, educators, and the public, PODAAC consists of 30 servers and over 40 TB of disk space.  In 2004, a cluster in the second data center ranked #162 on the Top 500 Supercomputers List.  It houses 7 Intel and Opteron based clusters running Linux – with over 1,500 processors, and over 100TB of disk space in addition to 300+TB of tape archive.  This computing power is used to process science data from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) and the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instrument onboard NASA's Aura satellite.


Process improvement activities continue to be a central focus of our efforts at JPL.  The Pasadena operation was formally appraised in December of 2004, and received a rating of CMMI Level 3.  This is a unique achievement because unlike typical software development efforts, our activities were more service oriented.  Our employees developed mature processes at the grass-root level to provide superior quality services to NASA in HPC.  Additionally, Raytheon maintains an Enterprise Process Group in Pasadena to oversee process improvement activities.

Raytheon continues to provide support in areas of modeling and simulation, as well as scientific data visualization.  For example, we are developing a data assimilation system in association with the Regional Ocean Model System (ROMS), which has been recognized as one of the most advanced coastal ocean model systems in the world. The data assimilation system has the capability to assimilate various types of observations, ranging from the conventional mooring/buoy and ship measurements, to satellite and air flight based remote sensing measurements.   This system generates the optimal estimation of coastal oceanic states, including currents, temperature, salinity, and various biological masses.   We have developed and continue to administer the web sites that display images from the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Cassini Mission to Saturn, among others.

Raytheon strives to provide the best value for the money, and continuously works with its customers to save cost through innovation.  For example, Raytheon engineers in conjunction with JPL engineers completely redesigned and rewrote the Level 2 processing software for the TES satellite instrument and optimized it reducing processing time from 24 hours to 12 minutes on Linux commodity processing hardware.  The improvement and optimization of the processing, translated into reducing hardware costs from $18 million to $2 million, thereby saving the NASA/JPL TES project $16 million in development costs.

In recognition of our outstanding services at JPL, Raytheon was awarded the 2001 George M. Low award and numerous letters of commendation by NASA

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