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2011-05-24 08:40:00

GREENBELT, Md., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate and weather satellite has successfully passed all environmental testing with the recent completion of thermal vacuum testing at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The two months of testing verified that...

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2011-03-09 13:59:13

To ensure that a continuous flow of accurate and timely satellite data is available to forecast the weather and study climate change in the coming decades, ESA is looking to the future by preparing the next generation of MetOp satellites. The current MetOp series has three identical satellites. Launched in 2006, MetOp-A is Europe's first polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology, and will be followed by MetOp-B in 2012 and MetOp-C in 2016. These first three MetOp satellites...

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2011-02-27 06:20:00

Europe has been given the go-ahead with the $4.6 billion project to build a next-generation weather satellite system. Eumetsat said on Friday that all participating nations had now agreed to the program and its financing. The new system should bring a change in weather forecasting capability, guaranteeing European access to space-acquired meteorological data until at least the late 2030s. Eumetsat Director-General Dr. Lars Prahm welcomed the news and told BBC:  "It was not an easy...

2011-02-13 09:02:47

The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate/weather satellite is undergoing flight environmental testing at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo. The NPP satellite began environmental testing in November 2010 and has successfully completed vibration, acoustics and shock environments. In addition, the electromagnetic compatibility/electromagnetic interference testing was...

2010-09-24 10:37:00

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate/weather satellite has successfully completed its Pre-Environmental Review (PER) at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo., and will begin flight environmental testing in the upcoming weeks. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo:...

2010-09-23 15:30:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded two sole source contracts on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the common ground system and a scientific instrument on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental...

2010-09-21 08:52:47

NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has awarded a sole source contract to ITT Corporation of Ft. Wayne, Ind. The award is for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument planned for flight on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) in 2014. JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). This includes the satellites and sensors supporting civil weather and...

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2010-09-02 07:45:00

NASA and NOAA's latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-15, has successfully completed five months of on-orbit testing and has been accepted into service. The satellite has demonstrated operational readiness of its subsystems, spacecraft instruments and communications services. GOES-15 is the third and final spacecraft in the GOES N-P Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. The GOES fleet help NOAA forecasters track life-threatening weather and solar...

2010-06-14 10:35:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument aboard the NOAA GOES-15 spacecraft has seen "first light." SXI was designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), at its Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100614/SF20376) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100614/SF20376) GOES-15 launched on March 4, 2010...

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2010-04-17 10:30:11

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite known as GOES-13 became the official GOES-EAST satellite on April 14, 2010. GOES-13 was moved from on-orbit storage and into active duty. It is perched 22,300 miles above the equator to spot potentially life-threatening weather, including tropical storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. "Just in time for the 2010 hurricane season, NOAA will have one of its newest, technologically advanced satellites closely tracking these...


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