Raytheon Receives $240M Contract from NASA
NASA has awarded Raytheon a five-year, $240 million contact for the continued use of their Earth Observing Systems Data and Information System (EOSDIS).
The earth science data system is used to ingest, archive, and provide earth science data to scientists and researchers all over the world. Under the terms of the deal, Raytheon will maintain, operate and develop improvements for data access and system performance.
Raytheon has been under contract with NASA since 1992 for this system. This is the third contract they have been awarded for the project. To put this in perspective, $240 million is worth approximately 1% of what Raytheon generates in a calendar year.
Raytheon’s president of information, intelligence, and services Dave Wajsgras mentioned how their twenty-three year long relationship together has been so helpful to both parties. Wajsgras said,
"For more than twenty years, Raytheon has partnered with NASA Goddard on developing innovative earth science data solutions. Our support enables important research used to analyze climate data to better understand how to protect our planet."
Raytheon began working on the data system way back in the early 1990s, and eventually integrated it online, enabling direct users to have access to it at all times.
Other officials at Raytheon made sure to add that their main goal was to give researchers access to their unimaginably large database at all times. The data they store is essentially as big as 910 copies of Wikipedia.
"Raytheon is tasked with making all of NASA's earth science data available online for scientists and researchers around the world,"
said Todd Probert, vice president for Mission Modernization and sustainment for Raytheon IIS.
"The latest contract award demonstrates Raytheon's ability to deliver innovation on a key data processing system that has grown exponentially to 9.1 petabytes of data.”
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