Information about our planet is vital to our ability to plan, predict, respond, and to protect lives and property. The Nation's system of polar-orbiting environmental satellites is vitally important and essential for supporting climate research as well as operational weather and storm forecasting for civil, military, and international partners.
JPSS will continue to address NOAA's requirements to provide global environmental data used in numerical weather prediction models for forecasts, as well as provide space weather observations, search and rescue detection capabilities, and direct read-out and data collection products and services to customers.
Data and imagery obtained from the Joint Polar Satellite System will increase timeliness and accuracy of public warnings and forecasts of climate and weather events, thus reducing the potential loss of human life and property and advancing the national economy. The program will better ensure continuity of crucial climate observations and weather data in the future.
Data from instruments on JPSS will be used to continue long-term, in some cases almost 50 years, of satellite-based climate data records. These data records are unified and coherent long-term environmental observations and products that are critical to climate modelers and decision makers concerned with advancing climate change understanding, prediction, mitigation and adaptation strategies, policies, and science. JPSS, with its global view, will play a vital role in continuing these climate data records.
NASA Finalizes Contracts for NOAA's JPSS-1 Mission|
NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) Satellite, NOAA's second next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will follow the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite to maintain continuity of weather and environmental observations. [more]