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The solar array is folded up at launch and deploys on orbit, resembling a giant black wing and generating more than 2775 watts of power for NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite.

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Satellites in the JPSS constellation gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions, including sea and land surface temperatures, vegetation, clouds, rainfall, snow and ice cover, fire locations and smoke plumes, atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone.

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The data from NOAA weather satellites are used to create products for specific conditions and locations to predict and monitor dangerous weather conditions.

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The first low-earth orbiting satellite to conduct remote sensing of Earth, TIROS-1, was launched on April 1, 1960.

JPSS' polar satellites orbit the Earth completely 14 times a day.

The National Weather Service is able to make forecasts 3-7 days in advance of a severe weather event thanks largely to data from polar-orbiting satellites.

Countries around the world use data from JPSS satellites to help develop their forecasts.

The Suomi NPP satellite produces approximately 3.5 terabytes of data per day.

Data from JPSS satellites supports all of NOAA's mission areas, including preparing for a more "Weather-Ready Nation."

JPSS Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument continues a record of more than 30 years of ozone measurements for the U.S.

Every day, the JPSS Proving Ground Program works to prepare users for the technological and operational advances that JPSS satellites will bring.

More than 30 Billion dollar disasters occurred in the U.S. in the last 3 years. Data from NOAA satellites help forecasters identify severe weather in advance to better prepare.

JPSS anticipates that the JPSS-1 satellite will produce approximately 4.5 terabytes of data per day.

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The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is our Nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and its acquisition agent NASA.

The Science Behind JPSS

Information about our planet is vital for the ability to plan, predict, respond and protect our Nation's lives and property. JPSS Science is critical to accomplishing this primary goal.


NOAA View is an interactive tool that allows users to explore NOAA data, including information captured by satellites. Browse, animate, and download high-resolution imagery of the world's oceans, land, atmosphere, cryosphere, and climate.

Meet the JPSS Team

NOAA and NASA work together in a joint JPSS Program Office, which oversees the development of instruments, spacecraft, ground system and science. In addition to NOAA and NASA, JPSS is supported by a large number of contracting companies, academic institutions and research organizations.