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Making outer space a safer place

Raytheon innovations promote safety in NASA  and military space operations

At NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers simulated conditions that astronauts would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch. (NASA photo)

Raytheon innovations help make the world a safer place, but what about outer space?

From preparation for the harsh conditions of space to ensuring the safety of crews in orbit, Raytheon’s space programs help safeguard those who venture beyond the planet. Read more about the innovations making outer space safer in the stories listed below:

NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Astronaut training in extreme conditions

NASA’s safety culture echoes through the agency. Raytheon supports human spaceflight at two astronaut training facilities: the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. From critical lift crane operations to fabrication machinery used to create training mockups, these facilities anticipate and prepare crews for hazards in sp.

A technician at Raytheon’s Space Factory prepares “kill vehicles” used to destroy missiles in space.

Inside the space factory

On the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, one of the cleanest factories in the world runs a one-of-a-kind operation: creating rocket-propelled “kill vehicles” that hunt down and destroy ballistic missiles in space.

Spacefaring sensors undergo tough vibration testing to ensure they will not be shaken to pieces through launch or in space.

A shake before spaceflight

A rocket launch generates lots of noise, heat and especially, vibration. Systems that are carried into space have to be properly prepared to survive all the way into orbit. That's why Raytheon tested its spacefaring Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite for Joint Polar Satellite System-2 by shaking it up. A lot.

The Aurora Australis as seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery. Auroras are caused when high-energy electrons pour down from the Earth’s magnetosphere and collide with atoms.(NASA photo)

Forecasting the final frontier

On Earth, a severe storm can wreak havoc on communities. But a weather event in space can impact entire planets. As satellites multiply and the U.S. prepares to send astronauts to Mars, space agencies increasingly need forecasts of “space weather” – the storms of radiation that pour from the sun. Raytheon can meet that need with its Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, which delivers terrestrial weather information to U.S. forecasters and can monitor, visualize and display space weather.

A Delta IV-Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

Runway to space

As a member of the joint venture RGNext, Raytheon uses instrumentation to monitor and ensure safety of all U.S. Air Force and NASA space launches from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force base. 

Last Updated: 04/05/2017

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