GA-EMS weather satellite to collect data for Space ForceNews
March 08, 2022
SAN DIEGO, Calif. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command has elected to exercise a follow-on option that will aim to provide a prototype weather satellite that can produce operational data as part of the Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Weather System (EWS) satellite program.
According to the company, GA-EMS will deliver the EWS spacecraft with an integrated electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) payload along with on-orbit mission control and data collection services to support the mission.
EWS is intended to support the transition from the Defense Meteorological Support Program (DMSP) on-orbit systems to a new generation of affordable, high performance, small weather satellites. Satellite launch is anticipated in 2024.
As the prime contractor, GA-EMS claims the company has assembled an experienced team to deliver the EWS satellites. The team includes EO Vista, LLC to provide the EO/IR weather sensor payload, Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) Inc. for weather product expertise, and Parsons Corporation to provide Enterprise Ground Station command and control and operations support.
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems
San Diego, CA 92121-1122