Blue Canyon Technologies, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) subsidiary, will design and manufacture three smallsats to support NASA’s Investigation of Convective Updrafts, or INCUS, mission. The principal investigator is Susan van den Heever of Colorado State University.
The INCUS mission — led by Colorado State University and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – aims to better understand the complex dynamics of thunderstorms and their impact on Earth’s climate and weather models.
Blue Canyon’s smallsats will fly in tandem coordination, each displaying a dynamic atmospheric radar and dynamic microwave radiometer measuring the atmospheric conditions of Earth.
Blue Canyon’s work will be performed at the firm’s Crescent Constellation Factory located in Lafayette, Colorado.
“BCT’s successful science exploration programs and our experience controlling large flexible structures will be key to supporting this critical science mission.” — Jeff Schrader, President, Blue Canyon Technologies.