Tuesday December 10, 2013 0 commentsBOULDER - Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. announced it has achieved a pivotal milestone for assuring continuity of the nation's future weather and storm forecasting by completing the primary bus structure of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1).
JPSS-1 is the follow-on in a series of next-generation weather satellites scheduled for launch in early 2017.
JPSS-1 will continue the observations now provided by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite built by Ball and launched in 2011.
Ball said the continuity the satellites provide in orbit is critical for ensuring the nation's ability to accurately predict severe weather.
"We remain ahead of schedule in meeting our milestones," said Cary Ludtke, VP and GM for Ball's Operational Space business unit.
"JPSS-1 will operationalize the advanced technologies currently being demonstrated on Suomi NPP, and with the satellite's core structure complete, we can now push on to assembly, integration and test as we prepare for instrument integration in November 2014."
Ball is under contract to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to design and build the JPSS-1 satellite bus, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite instrument, integrate all instruments and perform satellite-level testing and launch support.