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Clear Forecast For Weather-monitoring Mission
2011-11-08 09:54:39

International partners are looking ahead to Europe's second polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology — MetOp-B is set for launch next May. The Meteorological Operational satellite program is providing weather data services for monitoring the climate and improving weather forecasts. The first satellite in the series, MetOp-A, was launched in 2006. It continues to collect data on Earth´s temperature, humidity, wind speed, ozone and trace gases such as carbon...

Successful Launch For NASA's NPP Satellite
2011-10-28 06:00:15

[ Watch the Video ] After a five-year delay, NASA´s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning at about 2:48 a.m. local time (5:48 EDT) aboard a Delta II rocket. The NPP satellite will be lifted by the rocket to its 512-mile-high orbit above Earth where it should separate from the second stage rocket at about 6:45 a.m. (PDT). The $1.5 billion NPP weather and climate satellite represents a critical first step...

Long-Awaited Earth-Observing Satellite Launching October 28
2011-10-27 06:31:40

NASA's NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) Earth-observing satellite will finally be launched after a five-year delay on October 28. The $1.5 billion satellite will lift off on Friday aboard a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. NASA already has a fleet of satellites circling the Earth, but the new satellite is more sophisticated and carries five different types of instruments to collect environmental data. One of the satellite's main missions is to test key...

2011-09-15 12:10:56

NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has awarded a sole source letter contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. of Azusa, Calif., for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument planned for flight on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1). The estimated value of this letter contract is $30 million with a period of performance from 2011 through 2017. Northrop Grumman will manufacture, test and deliver ATMS, support...

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2011-08-08 12:12:51

The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) has successfully completed its most comprehensive end-to-end compatibility test of the actual satellite and all five scientific instruments at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo. During the four-week NPP Compatibility Test 4 (NCT4), all segments of the ground system were assessed including active commanding of the satellite as well...


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