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Ball Aerospace Delivers the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Launch Site
NOAA's Next Generation Weather Satellite Prepares for Launch

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace successfully delivered the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), NOAA's next-generation polar orbiting weather satellite, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Aug. 31, where it is scheduled to launch Nov. 10, 2017. This follows a successful pre-ship review with NASA at Ball's Boulder, Colorado, manufacturing complex.

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The completed JPSS-1 satellite, shown here with its five integrated instruments in the cleanroom at Ball Aerospace, Boulder, Colo., is ready for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base for final launch preparations. CREDIT: Ball Aerospace

"The arrival of the spacecraft at Vandenberg is a tremendous milestone for the program and the culmination of excellent collaboration and hard work by the JPSS-1 team – NOAA, NASA, Ball, Harris, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman," said Rob Strain, president, Ball Aerospace. "This advanced weather satellite will play a significant role in providing actionable environmental intelligence to decision makers in government and business, and to the general public."

The JPSS series of polar-orbiting weather satellites will work as the foundation of NOAA's operational environmental forecasting system for the next 20 years. The JPSS missions are funded by NOAA to provide global environmental data in low-Earth polar orbit. NASA is the acquisition agent for the flight systems, launch services and components of the ground segment.

JPSS data increases the timeliness and accuracy of numerical forecast models three to seven days in advance of severe weather events. These forecasts allow for early warnings and enable agency managers to make informed decisions to protect American lives and property.

The JPSS-1 satellite will host a suite of state-of-the-art instruments: Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS – Northrop Grumman), Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS – Harris), Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS – Raytheon), Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS – Ball), and Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES – Northrop Grumman). 

Ball designed and built the JPSS-1 spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite-Nadir instrument (OMPS), integrated all five of the satellite's instruments, and is performing satellite-level testing and launch support. JPSS-1 will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Following launch, JPSS-1 will join the Ball-built NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite which has served as NOAA's primary operational satellite for global weather observations since May 2014. Together, the two satellites, each circling the Earth 14 times per day, will provide global observations for U.S. weather and environmental predictions.

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit www.ball.com/aerospace or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,450 people worldwide and 2016 net sales were $9.1 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Ball Aerospace team begins bagging the JPSS-1 satellite with protective wrapping in preparation for its shipment from the Ball Aerospace cleanroom in Boulder, Colo., to Vandenberg Air Force Base for final launch preparations. CREDIT: Ball Aerospace.

 

Ball Aerospace engineers and technicians transport the JPSS-1 satellite to its shipping container in the Ball Aerospace Fisher manufacturing complex in Boulder, Colo. CREDIT: Ball Aerospace

 

Delivery truck carrying the NOAA JPSS-1 departs from Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colo. and will arrive at Vandenberg Airforce Base. CREDIT: Ball Aerospace

 

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, arrives at the Astrotech Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. JPSS is the first in a series four next-generation environmental satellites in a collaborative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The satellite is scheduled to liftoff Nov. 10, 2017, atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. CREDIT: NASA/Michael A. Starobin

 

 

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