NPP Renamed in Honor of Satellite Pioneer

Suomi NPP Satellite
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is pleased to share NASA's announcement that the National Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite, launched 28 October 2011, has been renamed the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite (Suomi NPP) to honor the late Verner E. Suomi. The announcement was made at a NASA Town Hall meeting at the annual American Meteorological Society meeting on 24 January 2012 in New Orleans, LA.

Verner Edward Suomi
Photo credit: UW News Service
Known as the "the Father of Satellite Meteorology," Verner E. Suomi was a co-founder of SSEC, along with University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Professor Robert Parent. Suomi's research and collaborations with Parent, particularly on the spin-scan camera, built the foundation for today's weather satellite program.

Despite numerous changes and advances in technology in the last 50 years, Suomi's legacy continues at SSEC as we strive to improve our understanding of the Earth and its atmosphere through remote sensing.

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Last Updated:
January 25, 2012
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