General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) is in the process of designing and manufacturing a prototype weather satellite for the US Space Force (USSF) electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) weather system.
GA-EMS has been selected for the satellite program under the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC).
The company will be responsible for designing and manufacturing a prototype spacecraft and integrating the EWS payload for military operations globally.
It will also provide in-orbit mission control services to support the collection of theater weather imagery and cloud characterization data.
The GA-EMS award was contracted through SpEC, another Transaction Authority (OTA) contract vehicle operated by Advanced Technology Incorporated (ATI).
GA-EMS President Scott Forney said, “In addition to our ongoing orbital test bed programs, such as the Multi-Angle Aerosol Imager (MAIA) for NASA and Argos 4 for ‘US Air Force (USAF), GA-EMS is excited to support critical space missions.
“With EWS, we will continue to leverage our expertise in developing scalable architectures and volume efficient packaging, as well as our expanding satellite manufacturing capabilities to quickly design and deliver an EO/IR satellite solution to to meet EWS’ proposed launch date of 2022.”
GA-EMS, EOVista, Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), and Braxton Technologies will work on the EWS.
EOVista will provide the EO/IR payload while AER will perform the weather product generation.
Mission Enterprise Ground Station (EGS) command and control and operations support for the program will be provided by Braxton Technologies.
Nick Bucci, Vice President of GA-EMS Missile Defense and Space Systems, said, “EWS will demonstrate new technologies and drive future capabilities optimized for effective weather forecasting.
“The combination of GA-EMS’ proven expertise in satellite design and manufacturing will lead to the production of a future constellation of high-performance, cost-effective weather satellites.”