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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'S JPSS-2 Satellite Launch

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Vandenberg Space Launch Complex 3E – Vandenberg Space Force Base - California

November 1, 2022 - 2:25 a.m. PDT

For the past 50 years, NOAA has been on a mission to create a more weather-ready and resilient nation. Every weather satellite NOAA launches into space represents another step forward in providing fast, accurate and reliable forecasts that saves lives, protects property and enhances the economy.

L3Harris has a rich history of designing and building mission-critical weather sensors and ground systems. Our sensor technology has been on every NOAA low Earth orbit weather satellite since 1978 and every NOAA geostationary orbit satellite since 1994.

As an integral part of Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), L3Harris' Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) is the first operational U.S. hyperspectral infrared sounder. Considered the lifeblood of medium-range three-to-seven-day forecasts, CrIS provides detailed, 3D temperature and moisture data from both the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership and JPSS-1/NOAA-20 satellites. Data from CrIS has enabled weather forecasters to more accurately predict the location and severity of extreme weather. Additional CrIS instruments will fly on JPSS-2, JPSS-3 and JPSS-4.

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