NOAA -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Launching Soon

NOAA improves weather forecasting and severe weather prediction with each generation of environmental satellites.

Within the next four years, NOAA’s satellite constellation will include JPSS-1 and the first six COSMIC-2 satellites (COSMIC-2A).



An image illustration of the JPSS-1 satellite

JPSS-1, or NOAA-20 as it will be known once it reaches orbit, is the second spacecraft within NOAA's next generation of polar-orbiting satellites.

Considered the backbone of the global observing system, data from polar-orbiting satellites are critical for forecasting weather three to seven days in advance and monitoring the global environment.

The satellite is scheduled to launch in Fall of 2017 aboard a Delta-II Mission rocket. JPSS-1 will take advantage of the successful technologies and instruments developed and flown aboard its predecessor, the Suomi NPP satellite.





An image illustration of the COSMIC-2A satellite

Consisting of six satellites, COSMIC-2A is expected to launch in 2017. These six satellites will augment the current COSMIC, providing a significant increase in geographic coverage, quantity, and quality of observations.

COSMIC-2A is a continuing joint effort between the U.S. and the National Space Organization of Taiwan. These satellites provide relatively cost-effective and highly accurate atmospheric measurements, including three-dimensional profiles of temperature, humidity, and pressure, as well as electron density in the ionosphere.

The COSMIC-2A satellites will be launched into an equatorial orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.