Raytheon I&S Flight Ops System Supports JWST Launch + Interstellar Mission – SatNews

NASA image of the James Webb Space Telescope on mission.

Raytheon Intelligence & Spacea Raytheon Technologies company, built and delivered the ground test and flight operations systems in support of the recent launch James Webb Space Telescope and the spacecraft’s interstellar observation mission.

The RI&S ground software which “flies“The telescope was used in rigorous testing before launch. In orbit, RI&S ground control software monitors the health and performance of the observatory, providing the mission operations team with insight into the status of Webb systems.

Spacecraft ground controls are usually built after development is well advanced; but RI&S started early in the process. This “Test as if you were flying” ground system software integrated from the start of observatory development, reducing integration time and minimizing the risk of theft. The RI&S system was used for instrument testing performed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, cryo-vac tests at NASA Johnson Space Centerintegration of the observatory in California and finally on the launch site in French Guiana.

The core software, developed by RI&S, provides observatory command and control, telemetry analysis and storage, ground contact planning, observation plan upload and data download. observation for astronomers and the scientific community.

Raytheon Technologies has a long history with this revolutionary observatory,” noted Christine Robertson, president of Space & C2 for RI&S. “From the development, testing and integration of the observatory to launch in December, we have supported the international effort, which will discover more about our universe than ever before.

The observatory is intelligent,” noted Walt burns, responsible for the RI&S program for the flight operations system. “We upload an observation plan, and Webb autonomously maneuvers to the targets and executes the observations defined in the plan.. This is a very special mission, a once in a lifetime opportunity; the telescope operates in the infrared, seeing through dust and finally seeing light shortly after the Big Bang..

Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides the disruptive technologies our customers need to succeed in any field, in the face of any challenge. Developer of advanced sensors, cyber services and software solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides a decisive advantage to its civil, military and commercial customers in more than 30 countries around the world. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the company generated $15.2 billion in annual revenue in 2021 and has 34,500 employees worldwide. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is one of four companies that make up Raytheon Technologies Corporation.

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