Navigation Links
NASA'S NPP satellite acquires first ATMS measurements
Date:11/10/2011

The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) on board NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on November 8, 2011. The image shows the ATMS channel 18 data, which measures water vapor in the lower atmosphere. Tropical Storm Sean is visible in the data, as the patch of blue, in the Atlantic off the coast of the Southeastern United States. The data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Md.

The ATMS is one of five instruments on board the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, that launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on October 28. Since then, NPP has successfully completed all spacecraft commissioning activities and powered on all instruments. In the next few weeks, all instruments will be commissioned and NPP will be sending science data from the four remaining instruments by mid-December.

A passive microwave radiometer, the ATMS instrument can collect data even when it is cloudy. Paired with the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), also aboard NPP, they will produce global sets of high-resolution temperature and moisture profiles that are used for forecasting and studying weather.

"NPP is rock solid," stated Ken Schwer, NPP project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "The satellite has performed extremely well during the checkout maneuvers and is in the expert hands of the mission operations team at NSOF."

During the commissioning activities, which were completed November 5, the NPP spacecraft subsystems were successfully tested, including command and control, propulsion and communications. NPP spacecraft and instrument data is sent from the spacecraft to the ground station in Svalbard, Norway and then to the NSOF.

In addition to the ATMS and the CrIS instruments, NPP carries 3 more state-of-the-art sensors that will provide critical information concerning long-term climate patterns and will help meteorologists improve short-term weather forecasts. During the satellite's five-year life, the mission will extend more than 30 key long-term datasets NASA has been tracking, including measurements of the ozone layer, and land and ice cover.

"NPP data will improve our forecast skills out to 5 to 7 days in advance of extreme weather events, including hurricanes, and severe weather outbreaks," said Dr. Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction. "With NPP, our goal is to make the accurate forecasts achieved for this year's events even better in the future."

NPP serves as a bridge mission between NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) of satellites and the next-generation Joint Polar Satellite System, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program that will also collect weather and climate data.


'/>"/>

Contact: Cynthia O'Carroll
cynthia.m.ocarroll@nasa.gov
240-684-0821
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Using a mathematical model to evaluate microsatellite genotyping from low-quality DNA
2. NASAs Aura satellite measures pollution butterfly from fires in central Africa
3. NASAs Aura Satellite measures pollution from New Mexico, Arizona fires
4. GOES satellites see ash still spewing from Chilean volcano
5. Landsat 5 satellite helps emergency managers fight largest fire in Arizona history
6. NASA satellite gallery shows Chilean volcano plume moving around the world
7. 3 satellites see eruption of Puyehue-Cordón volcano from space
8. UCSB scientists track environmental influences on giant kelp with help from satellite data
9. Satellite tracking of sea turtles reveals potential threat posed by manmade chemicals
10. Singapores first locally made satellite launched into space
11. NASAs Aqua satellite sees weaker Tropical Depression Errol crossing West Timor
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
NASA'S NPP satellite acquires first ATMS measurements
(Date:3/20/2017)... , March 20, 2017 PMD Healthcare announces ... spirometer and Wellness Management System (WMS), a remote, real-time ... in 2010, PMD Healthcare is a Medical Device, Digital ... mission dedicated to creating innovative solutions that empower people ... that intent focus, PMD developed the first ever personal ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... Australia , March 9, 2017 ... the prestigious World Lung Imaging Workshop at the University ... , was invited to deliver the latest data to ... globally recognised event brings together leaders at the forefront ... developments in lung imaging. "The quality ...
(Date:3/7/2017)... March 7, 2017   HireVue , the leading ... companies identify the best talent, faster, today announced the ... Officer (CSO) and Diana Kucer as Chief ... seasoned executive team poised to drive continued growth in ... a year of record bookings in 2017. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 18, 2017 , ... ... 1970s and has been a key device for generating monodisperse droplets of known ... droplet processes and for generating monodisperse solid particles by drying monodisperse droplets. ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Nobilis Therapeutics Announces Completion of Landmark NBTX-001 ... Data in its Upcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Trial , Nobilis Therapeutics, Inc. ... assessing efficacy of its NBTX-001, a xenon-based therapeutic in the treatment of Panic Disorder. ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Oregon and PUNE, India , April 19, 2017 ... "Membrane Microfiltration Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022 ," the ... garner $12,858 million by 2022, registering a CAGR of 9.6% from 2016 to ... ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017   Thermo Fisher Scientific ... multi-center Procalcitonin MOnitoring SEpsis (MOSES) Study have been ... Critical Care Medicine . Researchers from the ... Sepsis Patients: Results From the Multicenter Procalcitonin MOnitoring ... B·R·A·H·M·S PCT (procalcitonin) assay to assess risk for ...
Breaking Biology Technology: