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JPSS-1 – Building the Nation’s Next Generation Operational Weather Satellite

A new generation of Earth-observing satellites are making a dramatic difference in the ability of scientists to predict short and long duration weather events and long-term climate change. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system for the United States. JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and its acquisition agent NASA. Scheduled for launch in November 2017, the first satellite in the JPSS series, JPSS-1, was designed, built and tested by Ball Aerospace.

JPSS-1 will provide continuity of critical observations for accurate weather forecasting, reliable severe storm outlooks, global measurements of atmospheric and oceanic conditions such as sea surface temperatures, ozone, and more. JPSS-1 represents significant technological and scientific advances in environmental monitoring and will help advance environmental, weather, climate, and oceanographic science. JPSS-1’s primary user, NOAA’s National Weather Service, will use the JPSS-1 data in models for medium- and long-term weather forecasting. JPSS-1 will allow scientists and forecasters to monitor and predict weather patterns with greater speed and accuracy and is key for continuity of long-standing climate measurements, allowing study of long-term climate trends.

This presentation will provide an overview of how the JPSS-1 satellite was designed, built, tested and launched.

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Author: Scott Asbury
Topic: Next Generation Technology

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