Environmental Satellite Page


Environmental Satellites

NWA Remote Sensing Committee

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A network of geostationary and polar satellites provides global coverage of environmental conditions, and continuous updates of climatological variables such as cloud cover, vegetation, and sea surface temperature. In the United States, these satellites are operated by the National Environmental Satellite Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). There are also a number of experimental scientific satellites operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in cooperation with other U.S. agencies, or foreign governments, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM)). The U.S. Department of Defense also operates polar-orbiting spacecraft, known as the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) to satisfy their mission requirements. The merger of NOAA's legacy POES, with NASA and DMSP polar satellite programs into the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is well underway. Resources that provide information on these various systems are listed below:

Latest Launch Schedule (from Spaceflight Now)

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  • NOAA-Operated Systems
  • Other Polar Satellite Systems
    • Suomi NPP (NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt, MD)
    • DMSP (U.S. Dept. of Defense)
    • SEAWIFS (NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt, Maryland)
    • EOS-Terra (NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt, Maryland)
    • EOS-Aqua (NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt, Maryland)
    • TOMS Earth-Probe (Retired from service 2007) (NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt, Maryland)
    • QuickScat (NASA-Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, California)
    • TRMM (NASA-Goddard and NASDA (Japan))

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Red ball Commercial Vendors (For information only; not an endorsement by the NWA)

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Last modified - 13 December 2017