New OPPA director

OPPA welcome a new director, Dr. Elsayed Talaat


This year we will launch a radio occultation mission called COSMIC-2/FORMOSAT-7. COSMIC-2 is a 6 satellite constellation that will provide operational and research users with the next-generation of Global Navigational Satellite System Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) data. NOAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on this satellite program.

GNSS-RO data are collected by measuring the changes in a radio signal as it is refracted through the atmosphere, allowing derivation of temperature and moisture in atmosphere’s layers and electrons in the ionosphere. COSMIC-2 will impact weather forecasting, space weather monitoring, and climate change trending. We look forward to this launch and the advancements it will bring

POES: Illustration of satellite in orbit above the Earth »

To learn more about POES, click on the image above

Jason-3 in the Clean Room

The Jason-3 satellite undergoes testing in a clean room at Thales Alenia Space in France. Jason-3 is the fourth mission in the U.S.-European series of satellite missions that measure the height of the ocean surface and other ocean surface characteristics. »

Illustration of the variety of observing systems

TPIO, one of OPPA's three divisions, conducts valuable analysis of NOAA's observing systems requirements and capabilities using state-of-the-art computational models, techniques, and methodologies. To learn more about how OPPA can help you, please visit the TPIO website by clicking the image above. »
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff occurred at 6:03 p.m. EST, Feb. 11, 2015. To view the DSCOVR Press Kit, click the above image. »
Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth. This color image of Earth was taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope. The primary objective of DSCOVR, is to maintain the nation’s real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts from NOAA. To learn more about EPIC, click the above image. »

To learn more about Sarsat, click on the image above.

Map of rescue locations & types using SARSAT data »

NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on-board NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured this unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth in July 2015. From a series of test images, we can now see the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth. The test images were taken between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, showing the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America. Watch the NASA video on YouTube at To see a high-res version of this video, click on the image above.