Virginia, US: Raytheon was awarded a NASA Goddard contract to maintain and manage large volumes of sensing data and imagery from space instruments. The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) evolution and development contract will give climate researchers access to valuable data about the earth’s atmospheres, oceans, lands and their interactions.
The contract will have a USD 250 million ceiling for the five-year base period of performance and an initial value of USD 75 million. TW Scott, Vice President, Raytheon’s Mission Operations and Solutions, said, “This contract enables Raytheon to continue to build upon our strong legacy of providing program excellence, innovation and reliable engineering solutions to NASA’s earth observing systems. We look forward to supporting the EOSDIS evolution and ensuring that NASA Goddard’s earth sensing data and imagery are available to educators, scientists, researchers and policy makers.”
Earlier, Raytheon developed the core components of EOSDIS, called the EOSDIS core system, which became operational in 1999. It provides data ingest, archive and distribution services at data centres that manage earth observing data. In 2003, Raytheon won the core system maintenance and development contract and has continued its partnership with NASA to maintain and evolve key elements of EOSDIS.