Raytheon to transform U.S. aviation weather data
TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $77M contract to build weather processing technology and display infrastructure for use throughout the National Airspace System (NAS).
The NextGen Weather Processor (NWP) program will generate accurate, timely, and improved weather information for the benefit of all U.S. travelers.
“Weather is the most disruptive factor in the NAS. Increasing the predictability window by eight hours will allow air traffic specialists to better manage flights and make the most efficient decisions to support the traveling public and business operations,” said Michael Espinola, managing director, Raytheon Air Traffic Systems. “Improving the quality and accuracy of aviation weather data products will significantly improve the efficiency and safetyClass X capacitors are used in “across-the-line” applications where their failure would not lead to electric shock. Class X safety caps are used between the “live” wires carrying the incoming AC current. In this position, a capacitor failure should not cause any electrical shock hazards, rather, a capacitor failure “between-the-lines” would usually cause a fuse or circuit breaker to open. for all stakeholders within the system.”
Raytheon will enhance the back end weather predictability model with advanced algorithms, including 4D modeling and enhanced processing, while updating the display systems used to convey weather information to all aviation stakeholders.
Raytheon has been providing weather solutions to the FAA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense for more than 50 years. Raytheon’s Air Traffic Solutions operate in more than 60 countries, and monitor more than 60 percent of the world’s airspace.