Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Space Industry and Business News  

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

NOAA And NASA Restore Climate Sensor To Upcoming NPP Satellite

The NPOESS is a tri-agency environmental monitoring program directed by the Department of Commerce (NOAA's parent agency), the Department of Defense and NASA.
by Staff Writers
Silver Spring MD (SPX) Apr 13, 2007
NASA and NOAA Wednesday announced a plan to restore a key ozone layer climate sensor to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program. The Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) Limb will be returned to NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite set to launch in 2009.

The NPOESS partners will give conditional authority to Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Redondo Beach, Calif. to proceed with restoration of the instrument. The effort will be contingent on successful negotiations between the company and the government on the full cost of the effort. Northrop Grumman Space Technology is the mission prime contractor.

The NPOESS is a tri-agency environmental monitoring program directed by the Department of Commerce (NOAA's parent agency), the Department of Defense and NASA. A recent restructuring of the program had removed the OMPS Limb sensor from the NPP mission.

Restoring the OMPS Limb sensor directly addresses one of the recommendations of the recently released National Research Council's report "Earth Science Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond."

With the launch of the first spacecraft planned for 2013, NPOESS will bring improved data and imagery that will allow better weather forecasts, severe-weather monitoring and detection of climate change.

The NPOESS preparatory mission will provide continuity of observations taken by NASA's Earth Observing System satellites Aqua and Terra. The NPP mission also will provide risk reduction for three of the NPOESS critical sensors, as well as the data processing and ground systems.

NOAA and NASA have agreed to share equally the cost to restore the OMPS Limb to the NPP spacecraft. The OMPS Limb will measure the vertical distribution of ozone and complements existing NPOESS systems. It will give scientists a better understanding of the structure of the atmosphere.

"Having the OMPS Limb will give scientists a more complete picture of the content and distribution of gases in the atmosphere, and whether that distribution is good or bad," said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "NOAA is committed to working with the scientific community to address their climate and other satellite observation requirements. This is a great step in that direction."

"This sensor will allow us to move forward with the next generation of technology for weather and climate prediction," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin added.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. NASA is an independent agency whose Earth science research is used to characterize, understand and predict climate.

Related Links
National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)
Making money out of watching earth from space today
Earth Observation News - Suppiliers, Technology and Application

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

High-Resolution Images Herald New Era In Earth Sciences
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 10, 2007
High-resolution images that reveal unexpected details of the Earth's internal structure are among the results reported by MIT and Purdue scientists in the March 30 issue of Science.

  • All Of Russia Will Have Internet And Phone Access
  • Wildblue High-Speed Internet Via Satellite Triples Capacity With New Satellite
  • Publish, Perish Attitudes Make Profs Balk At Online Publication
  • World Getting Ready To Change The Light Bulb

  • Indian Space Agency Set For First Commercial Launch Of Foreign Satellite
  • Russia To Launch Four US Satellites In May
  • PSLV-C8 To Be Launched On April 23
  • ILS Proton Successfully Launches Anik F3 Satellite

  • Nondestructive Testing Keeps Bagram Aircraft Flying
  • New FAA Oceanic Air Traffic System Designed By Lockheed Martin Fully Operational
  • NASA Seeks New Research Proposals
  • Germans Urged To Give Foreign Travel A Rest To Curb Global Warming

  • Intelsat To Test Internet Routing In Space For The US Military
  • Northrop Grumman And LockMart Team Up For Integrated Air And Missile Defense Battle Command
  • Harris Donates OS/COMET For Use In FalconSAT Program
  • ViaSat Awarded Blue Force Tracking Network Upgrade Contract

  • Northrop Grumman Selected For Alternative Satellite Research And Development Effort
  • Raytheon Receives Approval For Precision Placement Of NPOESS Antennae In Antarctica
  • A Feather-Light Touch Needed For Darwin Frictionless Optics
  • Shared Satellite Architecture Enables More Efficient Mission Control

  • Townsend To Lead Ball Aerospace Exploration Systems In Huntsville
  • NASA Nobel Prize Recipient To Lead Chief Scientist Office
  • Kathryn Kynard Plays Key Role In Ares I Upper Stage Engine Development
  • William Shernit Joins Intelsat General As President and CEO

  • NOAA And NASA Restore Climate Sensor To Upcoming NPP Satellite
  • High-Resolution Images Herald New Era In Earth Sciences
  • ISRO To Focus On Societal Projects
  • USGS Defines Roles For New Satellite Mission

  • GPS Significantly Impacted By Powerful Solar Radio Burst
  • Russia To Expand Glonass Satellite Group By Year End
  • Lockheed Martin Team Completes GPS 3 System Design Review On Schedule
  • Glonass System To Be Launched By Year-End

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement