Making outer space a safer place
Raytheon innovations promote safety in NASA and military space operations
Raytheon innovations help make the world a safer place, but what about outer space?
From preparation for the harsh conditions of space to ensuring the safety of crews in orbit, Raytheon’s space programs help safeguard those who venture beyond the planet. Read more about the innovations making outer space safer in the stories listed below:
Astronaut training in extreme conditions
NASA’s safety culture echoes through the agency. Raytheon supports human spaceflight at two astronaut training facilities: the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. From critical lift crane operations to fabrication machinery used to create training mockups, these facilities anticipate and prepare crews for hazards in sp.
On the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, one of the cleanest factories in the world runs a one-of-a-kind operation: creating rocket-propelled “kill vehicles” that hunt down and destroy ballistic missiles in space.
A rocket launch generates lots of noise, heat and especially, vibration. Systems that are carried into space have to be properly prepared to survive all the way into orbit. That's why Raytheon tested its spacefaring Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite for Joint Polar Satellite System-2 by shaking it up. A lot.
On Earth, a severe storm can wreak havoc on communities. But a weather event in space can impact entire planets. As satellites multiply and the U.S. prepares to send astronauts to Mars, space agencies increasingly need forecasts of “space weather” – the storms of radiation that pour from the sun. Raytheon can meet that need with its Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, which delivers terrestrial weather information to U.S. forecasters and can monitor, visualize and display space weather.
As a member of the joint venture RGNext, Raytheon uses instrumentation to monitor and ensure safety of all U.S. Air Force and NASA space launches from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force base.
Last Updated: 04/05/2017