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Ball Aerospace NPP Weather Satellite Passes Pre-Environmental Review
September 24, 2010
Ball Aerospace technicians perform a "pop-and-catch" partial deploy of the NPOESS Preparatory Project weather satellite's solar array during this week's successful Pre-Environmental Review. NPP is scheduled to launch in October 2011.
BOULDER, Colo.– Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has announced that the fully-integrated NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) weather satellite has successfully completed its Pre-Environmental Review (PER) on-schedule in advance of flight environmental testing. The launch is slated for October 2011, with a mission duration of five years.
The last of five instruments to fly aboard the polar-orbiting satellite was successfully integrated in July. The pre-environmental review of the flight satellite configuration with the full suite of instruments was conducted last week at Ball’s Boulder production and test facility by a group of multi-disciplinary experts from NASA and NOAA, as well as a number of independent reviewers. Environmental testing includes vibration, acoustics, shock, electromagnetic interference and compatibility and thermal vacuum.
“NPP is rapidly progressing from one milestone to the next,” said David L. Taylor, president and CEO of Ball Aerospace. “The successful pre-environmental review of the satellite with its diverse set of operational instruments demonstrates excellent performance to-date and readiness to proceed into flight acceptance testing.”
The five-instrument suite includes: the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS); the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS); the Clouds and the Earth Radiant Energy System (CERES); the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS); and the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS).
Ball Aerospace built the OMPS instrument, and also built the NPP spacecraft under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Ball Commercial Platform (BCP) 2000 was modified to successfully accommodate all five of the NPP instruments. Ball Aerospace recently announced that it was awarded a sole source contract from NASA for a second Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) instrument to fly on the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS is scheduled to launch in 2014.
NPP’s advanced visible, infrared, and microwave imagers and sounders will improve the accuracy and timeliness of climate observations and enhance capabilities to the nation’s civil and military users of satellite data.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
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