Ball Aerospace Finishes NOAA Satellite Initial Structure; Cary Ludtke Comments

ball areospaceBall Aerospace & Technologies has completed construction work on the initial bus structure of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite being designed to monitor and forecast severe weather.

The satellite is scheduled for a 2017 launch and is part of a Joint Polar Satellite System meant to resume observations performed by the Ball Aerospace-made Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite that launched two years ago, Ball Aerospace said Tuesday.

“JPSS-1 will operationalize the advanced technologies currently being demonstrated on Suomi NPP, and with the satellite’s core structure complete, we can now push on to assembly, integration and test as we prepare for instrument integration in November 2014,” said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of the company’s operational space business unit.

The JPSS-1 will be built to carry remote-sensing components such as the Cross-track Infrared Sounder, Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite, Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder, Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite and Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center awarded Ball Aerospace a contract to develop the JPSS-1’s satellite bus and OMPS instrument, install the components, test the satellite and provide launch assistance.

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