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EUMETSAT and NOAA sign Polar System Programme Implementation Plan
21 December 2016
On 15 December, Europe and the US achieved another milestone in the cooperation on meteorological satellite systems when Marc Cohen, EUMETSAT Associate Director for LEO Programmes and Harry A. Cikanek III, NOAA Director, Joint Polar Satellite System signed the plan that will implement the Joint Polar System (JPS).
The Polar System Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) encompasses the space and ground segments associated with EUMETSAT's Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) and the Joint Polar Satellite System of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It also regulates the use of assets and operations as well as access to third party mission products such as the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme of the EU and the NOAA Constellation Observing System for Meteorology Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) and follow-on partnerships.
The JPS extends to a new generation of polar-orbiting satellites the cooperation established since 1998 on the Initial Joint Polar System which builds on EUMETSAT's Metop and NOAA's POES and Suomi-NPP satellites.
Image credit: EUMETSAT - EUMETSAT and NOAA representatives sign the plan