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JPSS-1 satellite imaging instrument completes major development milestone

09 February 2015

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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), one of five instruments that will fly on-board NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, has successfully completed its pre-shipment review.

The VIIRS instrument was built by the Raytheon Company in El Segundo, California, and will be integrated onto the spacecraft by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colorado. JPSS-1 is the next polar-orbiting NOAA satellite in the JPSS constellation and is scheduled to launch in 2017.

The first VIIRS instrument developed is currently flying on-board the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite. VIIRS collects visible and infrared imagery and global observations of land, atmosphere, cryosphere, and oceans and used to generate many critical environmental products for monitoring snow, sea ice, hurricanes, clouds, fog, aerosols, fire, volcanic ash, smoke plumes, dust, vegetation health, phytoplankton abundance, and chlorophyll.

"This milestone is important, as we maintain our progress towards launch of the JPSS-1 satellite in 2017," said Harry Cikanek, JPSS program director. "VIIRS provides critical observations from Suomi NPP and having it fly on the JPSS-1 mission will ensure the continuity of these valuable earth monitoring capabilities."


Image credit: NOAA - Suomi NPP view of snow over eastern U.S.A.

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