JPSS

Joint Polar Satellite System

active Mission

JPSS is the nation’s advanced series of polar-orbiting environmental satellites. JPSS includes five polar-orbiting satellites with four or more instruments and a versatile ground system.

Mission Type

Orbiter

Target

Earth

Launch

Multiple

Objective

Provide sophisticated meteorological data
The operational JPSS constellation currently consists of the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership satellite, the technology pathfinder mission for JPSS launched in 2011, and NOAA-20, previously called JPSS-1 and launched in 2017. The third satellite in the series, NOAA-21 (formerly JPSS-2), launched November, 10, 2022. Once it reached its polar orbit JPSS-2 was renamed NOAA-21.
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