Collins Aerospace gets $19M satellite contract | Business – Journal Inquirer

The Pentagon’s recently formed Space Development Agency has awarded a $19 million contract for work on a specialized satellite payload to Collins Aerospace.

According to a federal contract listing made public Friday, Collins, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corp., will help develop components for a new, high-priority satellite-based missile warning system known as Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared, or Next Gen OPIR for short. The program is meant to replace the Space-Based Infrared System, the U.S.’s current network of early warning surveillance satellites.

Officials with the Space Development Agency said Collins’s share of the work on the Next Gen OPIR payload will take place at its facility in Danbury, with an expected completion date of March 22, 2022.

Other businesses within the Raytheon Technologies conglomerate, including its legacy space and defense operations, are already involved in bringing Next Gen OPIR infrastructure to fruition.