Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered a precipitation measurement instrument to Japan in preparation for NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement satellite space launch scheduled for next year.
The GPM Microwave Imager is a microwave radiometer built to capture data on worldwide weather phenomena at three-hour intervals after the launch of GPM Core Observatory in early 2014, Ball Aerospace said Monday.
Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager of Ball’s Aerospace’s civil space and technology business unit, said the international satellite mission aims to establish new calibration standards for the scientific community.
NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency lead the mission and also intend to monitor and forecast weather events.
The GMI instrument is built to calibrate captured observations using four stable points and, along with JAXA’s Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar, measure global precipitation in order to provide data for rain maps and climate research tools.
GMI’s design is based on previous Ball Aerospace-built sensors such as the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C, GEOSAT Follow-On and Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite.