(ORDO NEWS) — On July 26, five solar panels for the JPSS-2 satellite system were installed in a clean room at the Northrop Grumman facility in Gilbert, Arizona.
The installation of solar panels was the last major test of a meteorological satellite. The JPSS-2 is already packaged and awaiting shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for a November 1 launch.
Once launched, JPSS-2, like its predecessors Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20, will take measurements and capture images that will help us predict hurricanes, snowstorms, floods and other severe weather events.
The satellite will feed critical data to global weather forecast models.
JPSS-2 will also study the atmosphere, map and monitor volcanoes and wildfires, and tell us about the substances found in the air. The satellite will observe every place on Earth at least twice a day.
JPSS-3, the next satellite, is also ready for launch. In addition, parts for JPSS-4, the latest satellite in the JPSS series, are ready to be assembled in the clean room.
NASA, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), oversees the development, launch, testing, and operation of all JPSS satellites.
NOAA funds and manages the program, operations, and information products. NASA designs and builds instruments, spacecraft and ground systems, and launches satellites that are then operated by NOAA.
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