The next generation polar-orbiting weather satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), is scheduled to launch no earlier than November 14, 2017. NASA and NOAA have partnered with scientists at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and its Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)—and nationwide—to strengthen our satellite imaging capabilities. Based on their experience with JPSS-1’s predecessor—the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SuomiNPP)—CIMSS and SSEC researchers have been testing and evaluating JPSS-1 instruments and sensors. Following launch, our scientists will continue their evaluations and research to use the imagery and data to develop tools that will improve critical weather forecasts for the United States.

Learn more about our involvement in the JPSS program through the stories below and check back for updates.