Raytheon Company has been awarded an initial $17 million contract to upgrade the US Navy’s low- earth orbit space object tracking system. With options, the award has a potential value of $396 million through 2010.
The US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California awarded the contract to Raytheon’s Integrated Defence Systems business.
According to Raytheon, the Naval Space Surveillance System (NSSS) supports multiple space-related missions aimed at protecting the Navy’s surface fleet from space threats. NSSS produces and maintains a space object catalogue using data collected from its space tracking system.
To upgrade the 40-year-old system, Raytheon will replace the current VHF sensors across the southern United States with more sensitive S-band radars, improving the system’s capability for tracking and cataloguing smaller space objects.
Raytheon won the contract in competition with teams from ITT, NorthropGrumman and Lockheed Martin. Work on the contract will be performed inAndover and Sudbury, Massachusetts.