JPSS-1 Set for Launch, Improving Forecasting by Advanced Polar Orbiting Satellite (Credit: NOAA/NESDIS)
DISCUSSION: Just a few days away and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is excited to announce its launch of the most advanced polar satellite, Joint Polar Satellite System-1(JPSS-1). The JPSS-1 is set for launch on November 10th at 1:47a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
JPSS-1 is the first in a series of “highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites,“ according to NOAA, which coupled with GOES-16 will vastly improve forecasts for meteorologists. JPSS-1 will provide valuable observations in, “atmospheric temperature and moisture, sea-surface temperature, ocean color, sea ice cover, volcanic ash and fire detection.”
JPSS is expected to be a large upgrade for NOAA. NOAA’s hopes are that this instrumentation coupled with other technology such as the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) or the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) will increase the understanding of atmospheric processes while continually improving forecasts.
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