With more than 40 years of working closely together, NOAA and NASA continued this successful partnership with the first next-generation polar-orbiting satellite launched in October 2011: NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP). Building on the success of SNPP, NOAA and NASA are on track 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 (SNPP) mission. NOAA is responsible for managing and operating the JPSS program, while NASA is responsible for developing and building the JPSS spacecraft.
The JPSS Program is truly a system, including a series of advanced spacecraft, five satellites, eight highly-sensitive instruments and a versatile ground system that does the following: (1) controls the spacecraft; (2) ingests and processes the data; (3) provides information to users around the globe—like NOAA's National Weather Service and NOAA's National Hurricane Center.
For more information about JPSS Satellites, please visit the JPSS Satellites page