Sundress Or Rain Boots? Weather Forecast Is About To Get More Accurate!!!!

Most of us have been through the frustration of wearing a warm weather clothing just to be rained on against all the “accurate” weather forecasts that promised sunny skies all day long. The level of frustration with “the weather man” runs pretty deep in all of us. It even inspired a well-know comedy The Weather […]
Most of us have been through the frustration of wearing a warm weather clothing just to be rained on against all the “accurate” weather forecasts that promised sunny skies all day long. The level of frustration with “the weather man” runs pretty deep in all of us. It even inspired a well-know comedy The Weather Man starring Nicolas Cage. As it turns out, the inaccuracy of the weather reports will soon be the thing of the past thanks to NASA.  The first Earth-observing satellite which measures both global climate changes and key weather variables is to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 27, 2011.  The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) is the first mission designed to collect critical data to improve weather forecasts in the short-term and increase our understanding of long-term climate change. NPP’s five science instruments, including four new state-of-the-art sensors, will provide scientists with data to extend more than 30 key long-term datasets. These records, which range from the ozone layer and land cover to atmospheric temperatures and ice cover, are critical for global change science. Read more here.
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Is NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Preparatory Project (NPP) ready for launch? How do we find out?

What is NPOESS? The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) was supposed to be the next generation satellite system for monitoring weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment.  The first one, named “Charlie 1” (or “C1”) was scheduled to go up in 2013.NPOESS was to be operated by the NOAA / NESDIS / NPOESS […]
What is NPOESS?

The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) was supposed to be the next generation satellite system for monitoring weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment.  The first one, named “Charlie 1” (or “C1”) was scheduled to go up in 2013.NPOESS was to be operated by the NOAA / NESDIS / NPOESS Program Executive Office Flight Operations at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) was the primary system integrator for the NPOESS project. Raytheon, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Boeing are developing the sensors.However, due to issues with sensor developments, multiple production delays and cost-overruns, the White House ordered the project to dissolve and split into two separate lines of polar-orbiting satellites to serve military and civilian users.

What is NPP?

NPP is the bridge between the original EOS missions and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS, previously called the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), will be developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

When is NPP is supposed to be launched?

NPP is scheduled to launch into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California on October 25, 2011.

Is it ready to go?

It is, according to the number of tests that were performed (dynamic, electromagnetic compatibility, thermal vacuum, etc.) You can read more detailed information on the tests performed here.

What do you think?  Is NPP ready for launch in October?


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