NPP Media Kit
The NPP Communications Toolkit
NPP will help scientists understand and monitor our environment on Earth and also provide vital near-term weather data to meteorologists. It’s essentially a bridge mission between NASA’s current Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites such as Aqua, Terra and Aura, and the next generation Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). These missions collect and distribute remotely-sensed land, ocean, and atmospheric data to working meteorologists and the science community.
To accomplish these many goals, the NPP satellite hosts a suite of five advanced-technology remote sensing instruments that provide atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity sounding, land and ocean biological productivity, and cloud and aerosol properties. Like other polar-orbit satellites, NPP will contribute vital information for national forecasts, severe weather warnings, search and rescue operations, military contingency planning and environmental monitoring.
For the NPP mission, Ball Aerospace built the NPP satellite bus, and one of the instruments: the Ozone Mapping and Profile Suite. Ball also integrated the five instruments, preformed satellite-level testing, and will support launch activities.
The NPP spacecraft is a member of the BCP family of spacecraft designed for cost-effective, remote sensing applications. The NPP spacecraft bus is the eighth spacecraft built by Ball Aerospace on the same BCP core architecture. In all, this architecture has more than 50 years of successful on-orbit operations. Additionally, the NPP spacecraft incorporates both MIL-STD-1553 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) data networks to support the payload suite.
In addition to OMPS, the NPP instruments include:
- The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
- The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS)
- The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS)
- The Clouds and the Earth Radiant Energy System (CERES)
NPP is scheduled to launched on Oct. 28, 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base California.
Watch a video of the NPP launch!
NASA Interview with Ball Aerospace Program Manager
NPP Video News Release
Q. What is the cost of the NPP mission?
A. The estimated total investment in the NPP mission is just over $1.5 billion. Of that total, NASA’s projected final investment, for the NPP spacecraft, NASA instruments, and launch is $895 million. NOAA and the U.S. Air Force contributed an estimated $677 million under the former NPOESS program for the VIIRS, CrIS, and OMPS instruments.
Program Manager Profile
Scott Tennant, Ball Aerospace NPP Program Manager
As the NPP program manager, Scott Tennant is responsible for instrument integration, satellite-level acceptance testing, launch operations and commissioning. Tennant has worked at Ball Aerospace for 33 years in a wide variety of technical and management positions for programs that include Kepler, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph for the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite.
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- Earth Satellite Watch
- NASA’s NPP Mission Page
- Goddard Space Flight Center
- NPP 101 – Space Flight Now
- NASA’s NPP Press Kit
NPP IN THE NEWS:
Oct. 27, 2011: USA Today: Gap foreseen in satellite weather forecasting
Oct. 26, 2011 - Spaceflight Now: Scientists counting on NPP amid programmatic turmoil
Oct. 25, 2011: Daily Camera: Ball-built NPP satellite set to launch from California on Friday
Oct. 25, 2011 - Spaceflight Now: NPP: The next-generation weather watcher from space
Oct.25, 2011 - ABC Weather Chat
Sept. 4, 2011: Santa Maria Times
Aug. 27: Denver Post
Aug. 9, 2011: Aviation Week
June 29, 2011: KMGH Denver
May 23, 2011: Space News
May 18, 2011: Aviation Week
May 17, 2011: Boulder Daily Camera
Feb. 3, 2011: Spaceflight Now
NPP NEWS RELEASES:
Aug. 31, 2011: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=438
Aug. 8, 2011: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=431
Aug. 8, 2011: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=430
May 17, 2011: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=423
April 14, 2011: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=421
Feb. 11, 2011: http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=415