Maryland, USA, 24 July 2006: Raytheon Company and NASA successfully achieved early National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) data transfer and system compatibility testing.
The 12 consecutive-day testing exercise took place between Svalbard, Norway, and the customer’s facilities at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The test paved the way for the NPOESS NPP, a mission jointly managed by the NPOESS Integrated Program Office (IPO) and NASA. NPP will fly early versions of key sensors and test the ground systems to reduce risks for the operational NPOESS. The NPOESS data is vital for future weather analysis and forecasting to support military operations, civil applications and scientific research.
“This testing of simulated NPOESS weather data is a significant risk-reduction activity for the NPOESS development,” said Mike Mader, vice president and NPOESS program lead for Raytheon. “The information NPOESS will provide is vital to government agencies for more accurate forecasts and to react faster and be better prepared when severe storms occur as with Hurricane Katrina.”