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Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO)

OSPO is the primary intermediary between civil sector users of data and operational environmental satellites, and is also responsible for transmitting data to remote receiving stations.


The Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) was created by merging the Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSDPD) and the Office of Satellite Operations. It is responsible for maintaining the comprehensive scheduling and data information for both geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites along with providing products derived from the data collected by these satellites.

Our Leadership

Richard Marlow
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Scott Leonard
(Acting) Deputy Director
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  • Satellite Products and Services Division (SPSD)
  • Missions Operations Division (MOD)
  • Wallops Command Data Acquisitions Station (WCDAS)
  • Fairbanks Command Data Acquisition Station (FCDAS)



International Program Cooperation

In the 1980s, NOAA needed to balance the high cost of space systems and the growing need to provide a complete and accurate description of the atmosphere at regular intervals as inputs to numerical weather prediction and climate monitoring support systems. This led NOAA to enter into discussions and agreements at the international level with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). The goal of this cooperation is to provide continuity of measurements from polar orbits, cost sharing, and improved forecast and monitoring capabilities through the introduction of new technologies.

Building upon the POES program, an agreement is in place between NOAA and EUMETSAT on the Initial Joint Polar-orbiting Operational Satellite System (IJPS). This program will include two series of independent but fully coordinated NOAA and EUMETSAT satellites, exchange of instruments and global data, cooperation in algorithm development, and plans for real-time direct broadcast. Under terms of the IJPS agreement, NOAA will provide NOAA-N and NOAA-N' satellites for flight in the afternoon orbit while EUMETSAT makes available METOP-1 and METOP-2 satellites for flight in the mid-morning orbit.


How to Visit

Any internal and external guest who would like to visit the NSOF should submit their request to Pam Wright (



OSPO encourages its constituents and the public to communicate their questions, ideas, concerns, and suggestions to us. To assist visitors to our Web site, this page provides points of contact for OSPO and different sections of the OSPO website.

Should you have any questions, please use the contact information listed below. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person for response.

For any operational concerns, including outages and administrative information, contact the 24/7 Help Desk

  • (301) 817-3880

For general public comments and inquiries, contact User Services


For archived satellite imagery and data, contact Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS)


For website information or issues, contact the Webmaster. If a specific page or product is involved, please include the page URL or product information when writing, so your comment or question may be more easily directed to the appropriate person.


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