Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

Monitoring Earth From Space

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) provides unique data for accurately monitoring global weather patterns and other predictive information critical to industries as diverse as agriculture and transportation, insurance and energy.

Raytheon's first VIIRS instrument is currently flying aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) spacecraft and is slated for NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System next-generation weather satellite program. Because of their "around the Earth" orbit and ability to cover the entire globe every 14 hours, polar satellites give meteorologists early warning of severe weather events that no other instrumentation can.

As part of the U.S.'s polar satellite program, VIIRS represents the latest in a series of progressively capable technologies meteorologists use to increase the precision of their weather forecasting. It replaces and improves upon sensing technology that in some cases is 30 years old.

In addition to providing highly detailed information on emerging global storm patterns, VIIRS generates high-fidelity sea, land and atmospheric data for a variety of other applied products, including monitoring of wildfires, drought, flooding, vegetation health, algal blooms and nighttime phenomena.

By improving meteorologists’ forecasting ability, VIIRS helps improve planning, protect lives and reduce costs associated with major weather events.

VIIRS View Spinning Marble App


Raytheon's VIIRS View app provides a glimpse into the type of data meteorologists use every day to track emerging weather patterns on Earth.