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JPSS-1 Spacecraft

 
JPSS-1 3D Rendered Image

 

The Spacecraft

The JPSS-1 spacecraft vehicle was designed for an operational lifetime of seven years. At launch, the satellite will weigh 4850 pounds, or 2200 kilograms. Manufacturer: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

The Launch Vehicle

Delta II 7920-10C Launch Vehicle Photo

The Launch Vehicle that will place JPSS-1 into polar orbit will be a Delta II 7920-10C consisting of a booster stage, hypergolic second stage, nine solid rocket motors and a 10-foot diameter payload fairing. The total height of the launch vehicle is approximately 128 feet.

Stage 1: RS-27A Engine 

Stage 1 JPSS-1 RS-27A Engine

Solid Rocket Motors 

 

Solid Rocket Motors Image

 

Stage 2: AJ10-118K Engine

Stage 2: AJ10-118K Engine Image

10ft Composite Payload Fairing

JPSS-1 Payload Fairing

JPSS Spacecraft folded for launch

JPSS-1 Spacecraft Folded for Launch

 

The Instruments

VIIRS

VISIBLE INFRARED IMAGING RADIOMETER SUITE (VIIRS) PHOTO

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument collects visible and infrared imagery and global observations of land, atmosphere, cryosphere and oceans. Using 22 spectral channels ranging from 412 nm to 12 microns, VIIRS generates many critical environmental products pertaining to snow and ice cover, clouds, fog, aerosols, fire, smoke plumes, dust, vegetation health, phytoplankton abundance and chlorophyll.

Manufacturer: Raytheon Company

ATMS

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY MICROWAVE SOUNDER (ATMS) PHOTO

The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) provides information about the physical properties of our atmosphere, such as temperature and moisture. With its 22 separate channels, ATMS can generate three-dimensional profiles of atmospheric temperature and atmospheric moisture by measuring the interaction of microwaves with water particles in the air.

Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corporation

CrIS

CROSS-TRACK INFRARED SOUNDER (CRIS) PHOTO

The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument is the first in a series of advanced operational sounders that provides more accurate, detailed atmospheric temperature and moisture observations for weather and climate applications. CrIS presents information on greenhouse gases, primarily in the middle and upper atmosphere. CrIS produces water vapor (humidity) and temperature profiles of Earth's entire atmosphere and works in tandem with the ATMS instrument. 

Manufacturer: Harris Corporation

OMPS

OZONE MAPPING AND PROFILER SUITE (OMPS) PHOTO

The advanced Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) monitors the health of the ozone layer and measures the concentration of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere. OMPS collects total column and vertical profile ozone data, and continues the daily global data produced by current ozone monitoring systems.

Manufacturer: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

CERES

CLOUDS AND THE EARTH'S RADIANT ENERGY SYSTEM (CERES) PHOTO

The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument measures reflected sunlight and thermal radiation emitted by the Earth. CERES helps provide measurements of the spatial and temporal distribution of Earth's Radiation Budget (ERB) components. This further develops a quantitative understanding of the links between the ERB and the properties of the atmosphere and surface that define it.

Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corporation