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 Generation Weather

Polar-Orbiting Weather Satellite 

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), now known as NOAA-20, collects critical data for civil and military weather-forecasting, storm tracking and climate-monitoring.

Launched on Nov. 18, 2017, NOAA-20, is the most advanced operational environmental system ever developed by government and industry, and significantly increases the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of severe weather events. NOAA-20 is also key for the continuity of long-term climate measurements, following the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft now on orbit, which we also built and integrated.

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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