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What is JPSS?
JPSS is the next generation of NOAA's polar-orbiting environmental satellites
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With more than 40 years of working closely together, NOAA and NASA continue this successful partnership with the first next-generation polar-orbiting satellite launched on October 28, 2011: NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Building on the success of Suomi NPP, NOAA and NASA are on track, on budget, and on schedule for the launch of the second satellite in the JPSS program in early 2017, called JPSS-1.

JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advances in environmental monitoring and will help advance weather, climate, environmental and oceanographic science. JPSS will provide operational continuity of satellite-based observations and products for NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) mission. NOAA is responsible for managing and operating the JPSS program, while NASA is responsible for developing and building the JPSS spacecraft.

JPSS is the only viable national satellite program currently in production that ensures continuity of observational data at the quality levels needed to sustain current weather forecasts beyond 2017. JPSS will have advanced technologies to improve current forecasting capabilities, further advancing weather and climate science and services. Information from JPSS supports every area of NOAA's mission, including supporting a more "Weather-Ready Nation," healthy coasts, resilient coastal communities, and adapting and mitigating climate change.

The JPSS program is truly a system, including a series of advanced spacecraft, three satellites with five highly-sensitive instruments and a versatile ground system that controls the spacecraft, ingests and processes the data, and provides information to users around the globe like NOAA's National Weather Service, including the National Hurricane Center.