Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has started to test a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather prediction and environmental monitoring satellite in a simulated setting.
The Joint Polar Satellite System satellite will undergo a series of acoustic, vibration, and electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility tests at a facility Boulder, Colorado where the company built the spacecraft, Ball Aerospace said Friday.
“We look forward to having the next polar-orbiting satellite on-orbit to ensure continuous coverage of precise and timely weather information,” said Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager for Ball Aerospace’s civil space business unit.
NASA’s Langley Research Center made the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy Systeminstrument and Ball Aerospace constructed the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir.
Ball Aerospace designed the JPSS-1 spacecraft and the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir instrument under a contract with NASA.
The spacecraft is scheduled for thermal vacuum tests between July and the fall to assess the satellite’s endurance in extreme temperatures.