Detailed Data, Faster Forecasts 

Protecting Civilians & Soldiers

Severe weather events and changing climate trends are making accurate weather forecasts more important than ever. That’s why we’ve been perfecting our instruments and spacecraft to quickly get the most accurate data in the hands of civilian and military forecasters. 

Next gen weather

NWP accuracy 

Our Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite launched in 2011 and is the first of NOAA’s next generation of weather satellites. S-NPP represents very significant advances in weather forecasting with five instruments that offer a higher level of detailed data. When fed into a Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model, the result is forecasts with a high degree of accuracy. S-NPP serves as the bridge to the next generation Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft, the Ball-built JPSS-1, scheduled launched in 2017 with advanced data delivery and onboard data handling capabilities. 

Precipitation warning 

Gold standard

Advance warning of heavy rainfall and other severe weather patterns got a boost with the launch of our Global Precipitation Mission Microwave Imager (GMI) aboard NASA’s GPM satellite.  GMI’s high accuracy has set a “gold standard” for calibrating the other instruments in the GPM eight-satellite constellation. With a three-hour data refresh, GMI can feed Numerical Weather Prediction models very timely data, enabling forecasters to issue earlier and more accurate weather predictions. 

Defense Weather

Minimizing risk to ground troops

Weather has always played an often decisive role in military campaigns. It affects every mission from a mechanized ground patrol, to an air drop, carrier launch, and bomb run. Military weather support has increasingly relied on space-based Earth observing systems that can provide critical weather and environmental information while minimizing risk to ground troops. Polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites both play an important role in military reconnaissance, planning and operations.

We bring our experience and heritage in civil weather to bear for the warfighter, transitioning technologies from the research environment to build operational systems that meet unique military requirements. For example, our GMI instrument also has the capability to provide unique military weather data for the next generation Defense Weather mission.
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