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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced in August 2020 that it has been selected for the United States Space Force Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Weather System (EWS) satellite program under the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC). GA-EMS will design and manufacture a prototype spacecraft, EWS-OD 1 or EWS Operational Demonstration-1, integrate the EWS payload and provide on-orbit mission control services to support the collection of theater weather imagery and cloud characterization data for worldwide military operational use.

For EWS, GA-EMS is teaming with EOVista, LLC, Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc. (AER), and Braxton Technologies, LLC. EOVista provides the EO/IR payload, AER Inc performs weather product generation, and Braxton Technologies, LLC provides mission Enterprise Ground Station (EGS) command and control, and operations support.

The award is contracted through the Space Enterprise Consortium, an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contract vehicle managed by Advanced Technology Incorporated (ATI).

Launch is planned for 2025.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Meteorology
Operator: US Space Force (USSF)
Contractors: General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS)
Configuration: GA-500
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Mass: ~400 kg
Orbit: SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
EWS-OD 1 (USSF-261S-A) - 2025 Va SLC-8 Minotaur-4
Further EWS missions:

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