JPSS-1 Satellite Begins Environmental Testing

(April 29, 2016) The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite, expected to “represent significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring”, has begun environmental testing, reported LompocRecord.com.

The testing is underway in Ball Aerospace’s Fisher Complex in Boulder, Colorado – “the same facility where the spacecraft was built and integrated,” said the Lompoc Record. “Following acoustic, vibration, and electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility testing, the satellite will undergo thermal vacuum testing from July through early fall [which] will expose the satellite and its five instruments to the extreme temperatures experienced in space.”

According to the Lompoc Record, “Ball Aerospace is responsible for designing and building the JPSS-1 spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir instrument, the integration of all instruments and performing satellite-level testing and launch support, under a procurement contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.”

“The JPSS missions are funded by NOAA to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar orbit. NASA is the acquisition agent for the flight systems, launch services, and components of the ground segment,” reported the Lompac Record.

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