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Joint Polar Satellite System

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Ground System

The ground system for the JPSS mission is a global network of receiving stations linked to NOAA, which distributes the satellite data and derived products to users worldwide. The versatile ground system controls the spacecraft, ingests and processes data and provides information to users like NOAA's National Weather Service. The JPSS ground system delivers fresh data from the next generation of polar-orbiting satellites to users more quickly than ever before.

In addition to supporting the Suomi NPP, JPSS-1, or NOAA-20 as it will be known once operational, JPSS-2, JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 satellite missions, the ground system offers support to the wide variety of polar missions, which include but are not limited to:

  • NESDIS Free Flyer Satellites
  • The European Organisation for the Exploration of the Meteorological Satellites (EUMESTAT) Metop Satellites
  • The Japanese Global Change Observation Mission (GCOM)
  • The U.S. Navy Windsat Mission

Polar Orbit

The JPSS ground system development project focuses on the following areas:

  • Mission Planning and Satellite control
  • Satellite data retrieval, routing and pre-processing
  • Data processing and distribution
  • Direct broadcast support
  • Algorithm development and maintenance
  • On-orbit calibration and validation
  • Long-term trending