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The World in Your Hands: Satellite Imagery App Goes Mobile

Imagery from Raytheon's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite is one of the technologies featured at Booth 203 during the May 19-22 event in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Raytheon has released a mobile version of its free VIIRS View app, a program that delivers stunning new satellite pictures of Earth.

The app, now available on iTunes and the Google Play Store, allows users to spin a virtual version of the planet. They can see concentrations of chlorophyll in the oceans, check out electric light patterns using Raytheon’s unique day-night band, or simply take in the view on their Android, iPhone or iPad devices.

The app’s imagery comes from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the Suomi NPP satellite.

The sensor collects data in 22 bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. VIIRS View shows three of these data sets: visible light, the day-night band and chlorophyll concentrations. Users can change the levels of each dataset by adjusting the bars under tiny globes at the bottom of the screen. They can zoom in by clicking, or get more information about what they are seeing by selecting the "i" icon.

Raytheon is currently building a second VIIRS sensor for the Joint Polar Satellite System program.

“VIIRS represents the next generation of space-based weather and environmental forecasting technology,” said Jeff Puschell, senior engineering fellow with Raytheon Space Systems. “With higher spatial resolution across a wider swath compared to legacy systems, VIIRS is being used by meteorologists to make more accurate and timely weather predictions.”

The VIIRS low-light imager, known as the day-night band, can detect objects roughly 100 times dimmer than previous technology.


Raytheon unveiled the new app at the 2014 Space Symposium in Colorado. Raytheon hosted the event's annual Corporate Partnership Dinner featuring keynote speaker Eric K. Fanning, undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force. Executives from the company participated on panels ranging from cybersecurity to the space industry in the Americas.

In addition to the VIIRS View exhibit, Raytheon highlighted:

Hypertemporal Imaging (HTI): Raytheon is on contract to develop the hypertemporal imaging space experiment payload for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. The primary objective of the hypertemporal imaging space experiment payload effort is to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a space-flight ready instrument capable of conducting hypertemporal imaging from a geosynchronous earth orbit.

GPS-OCX: As the world becomes more dependent on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, protecting the satellite signal from jamming, computer hackers, errors and inaccuracies has become a matter of global security. Raytheon is building the ground station for a new generation of satellites that will bring more safety and precision to GPS.

Big Data Analytics: Raytheon has decades of experience helping customers process and analyze massive data sets to gain insights and situational awareness. With the introduction of the Intersect family of analytics products, Raytheon provides multi-INT solutions that can seamlessly integrate with existing systems, platforms and data, maximizing capabilities while minimizing costs and downtime.

The VIIRS View app allows users to toggle between three high definition data sets: visible light, low-light imagery and chlorophyll concentrations.

Published: 05/13/2014

Last Updated: 05/27/2014

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