Countdown to JPSS-1 Launch

Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1)

The nation's next-generation environmental satellite

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the Nation's advanced series of polar-orbiting environental satellites. JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather and environmental monitoring. These data are critical to the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA.

Ball designed and built the JPSS-1 spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS), integrated all five of the satellite’s instruments, and is performing satellite-level testing and preparing for launch. Ball will support day-to-day mission operations for the first 90 days following launch, and then as needed after that.


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JPSS: Our nation’s most advanced weather satellite

JPSS-1: will go beyond to protect what matters most; you, your family and our nation.

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Suite of advanced remote sensing instruments

The JPSS-1 satellite hosts state-of-the-art instruments that will gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions—including atmospheric temperature and moisture, hurricanes, clouds, rainfall, dense fog, volcanic ash, wildfire and smoke plumes, and smoke plumes, sea surface and land surface temperatures, vegetation, snow and ice cover, and stratospheric ozone.


-Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) 
-Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) 
-Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) 
-Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS)
-Clouds and Earth Radiant Energy System (CERES)


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