Next-Generation Weather Satellite is on Schedule for Completion in
DULLES, Va.Dec. 1, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced significant progress on the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite
System (JPSS) spacecraft program. The JPSS-2 spacecraft will host
instruments that provide essential operational space-based weather
observations for NOAA, extending the successful 50-year NOAA/NASA
partnership into the next two decades.
The JPSS-2 spacecraft is on schedule for completion in 2020. (Photo: Business Wire)
Representatives from NASA, NOAA and Orbital ATK recently completed a
successful spacecraft Critical Design Review (CDR) for JPSS-2, which
demonstrated that the program met all system and schedule requirements.
Also evaluated was Orbital ATK s responsibility for integrating five
government-furnished instruments, and supporting the launch, early
operations, and on-orbit satellite check-out prior to handing operations
over to NOAA.
The successful conclusion of the JPSS-2 Spacecraft CDR marks a key
milestone for the program and keeps the JPSS-2 spacecraft on track for
an on-time delivery, said Steve Krein, Vice President of Science and
Environmental Programs at Orbital ATK. While building a space-based
weather observation satellite is a new mission area for us, it will be
manufactured on a flight proven platform that demonstrates the success
of Orbital ATK s current science and environmental satellites that
already provide critical data to our customers.
The contract with NASA was awarded to Orbital ATK for the delivery of
JPSS-2 and includes options for two additional satellites, JPSS-3 and
JPSS-4. The company is responsible for the design, manufacturing and
testing of the JPSS-2 satellite which is scheduled to be completed in
2020 at the company s satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert,
While Orbital ATK has manufactured a wide variety of Earth science,
commercial imaging and defense satellites, JPSS-2 will be the first
operational weather spacecraft produced by the company. The spacecraft
is based on Orbital ATK s LEOStar-3 bus, a flight-proven flexible
satellite platform that can accommodate a variety of missions, including
Landsat-9 and ICESat-2, both currently in production by the company.
Built to support long-life missions, this modular design incorporates
improvements and upgrades from Orbital ATK's prior bus developments that
resulted in numerous highly successful missions.
The JPSS-2 satellite will join a constellation of satellites, including
the joint NOAA-NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi
NPP) and NOAA s JPSS-1, which gather global measurements of atmospheric,
terrestrial and oceanic conditions. During the required seven-year
design life, JPSS-2 will deliver observations essential for accurate
forecasting up to seven days ahead of severe weather like hurricanes,
tornadoes and blizzards. The data collected will also be used to assess
environmental hazards such as sea ice, floods, volcanic ash, wild fires
and poor air quality. The result is timely and accurate public forecasts
that reduce the potential loss of life and property and minimize
economic impact around the world.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
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