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NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite imaging instrument is successfully integrated on spacecraft

10 March 2015

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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) has been successfully integrated on-board NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite. The VIIRS instrument, built by the Raytheon Company in El Segundo, California, is the third instrument to be integrated on the spacecraft by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colorado. JPSS-1 is the next polar-orbiting NOAA satellite in the JPSS series and is scheduled to launch in 2017.

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

"VIIRS data from Suomi NPP generates products for the operational weather community that improves weather, flooding, and storm forecasting abilities, which help to protect life and property," said Harry Cikanek, JPSS Program Director. "The JPSS-1 mission, launching in 2017, will ensure the continuity of these valuable operational products."


Image credit: Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. - VIIRS integration with JPSS-1

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