Suomi NPP's has a five-year mission life which will help to bridge critical weather data collection requirements until the Joint Polar Satellite System is launched.
Data from Suomi NPP will be distributed to meteorologists at NOAA and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as to climate researchers around the globe. Many of these measurements continue long-term climate data records from existing Earth-observing missions such as Aqua, Terra and Aura.
The Suomi NPP mission will continue critical weather and climate measurements and reduce risk for the next generation meteorological satellite system, by flying a suite of new, advanced-technology remote sensing instruments. The measurements taken provides critical data to support operational weather forecasting, as well as long-term climate research.
The spacecraft directly transmits stored mission sensor data to a receiving station in Svalbard, Norway, and will also provide continuous direct broadcast of real-time sensor data. The mission data will be routed on communications networks from Svalbard to the continental United States.
NASA relies on numerous partners that contribute to NPP. Key government and industry collaborators include: