Ball Aerospace OMPS Sensor for JPSS-1 Progressing Ahead of Schedule
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument being built for the
first Joint Polar Satellite System satellite (JPSS-1) is progressing ahead of
schedule and on budget.
The OMPS nadir sensor and main electronics box are in the final stages of unit
testing, with testing of the integrated sensor suite planned for early spring
of 2013. The current forecasted delivery date for the completed OMPS sensor
is late 2013, seven months ahead of the contractual delivery date. The OMPS
sensor will eventually be integrated onto the JPSS-1 spacecraft, which is
scheduled to launch no later than the first quarter 2017.
OMPS continues the ozone data record created by previous sensors flown since
1978. The OMPS advanced hyperspectral instrument is designed to measure
atmospheric ozone and how ozone concentration varies with altitude with
improved precision. These data are used to monitor the health of the Earth's
ozone layer. Higher spatial resolution of the JPSS-1 OMPS will also improve
tracking of volcanic and atmospheric aerosol events. To enable the higher
resolution and high fidelity data products, the JPSS-1 OMPS is currently being
radiometrically calibrated on the ground at Ball Aerospace.
This is the second OMPS sensor built by Ball Aerospace. An earlier version is
flying aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite
launched in 2011. The Suomi NPP OMPS delivered its first ozone measurements of
the Antarctic ozone hole in October 2012, continuing a satellite record dating
from the early 1970s. The Suomi NPP OMPS was calibrated similarly, which
permitted a simple and fast transition from on-orbit validation to scientific
use of the sensor. Results of the Suomi NPP OMPS have demonstrated its
capability to monitor ozone and other trace gases such as sulfur dioxide,
along with ultraviolet-absorbing aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere.
Ball Aerospace also designed and built the Suomi NPP satellite bus, and is
currently building the JPSS-1 satellite bus under a contract to NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center. Suomi NPP provides continuity of environmental and
weather observations between the Earth Observing System satellites and the
JPSS satellites. The JPSS satellites are expected to maintain continuity of
weather and environmental observations into the late 2020s.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for 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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