NOAA seeks continuity of space weather observations

by Debra Werner — January 24, 2022 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to launch the Space Weather Follow On satellite to Earth-Sun Lagrange Point 1 in 2025 on the NASA Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe. This is an artist's rendering of the spacecraft. Credit: NOAA SAN FRANCISCO — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

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The Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to launch the Dwelling Weather Note On satellite to Earth-Sun Lagrange Point 1 in 2025 on the NASA Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe. Here is an artist’s rendering of the spacecraft. Credit ranking: NOAA

SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking a see forward to a future generation of space climate instruments.

The agency’s first priority is ensuring the continuity of measurements to be made by the Dwelling Weather Note-On (SWFO) mission sensor suite scheduled to skedaddle to Lagrange Point 1 in 2025 on NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration probe.

Since the NASA mission is designed to operate for entirely five years, “we now want to devise for the continuity and with any luck resilience of that functionality upstream of Earth,” Elsayed Talaat, Initiatives, Planning and Diagnosis director within the NOAA’s Nationwide Environmental Satellite tv for computer Data and Data Carrier, said Jan. 24 at the annual American Meteorological Society assembly.

An evaluation of choices for the mission after SWFO L1 can dangle in thoughts a quantity of orbital slots alongside the solar-Earth line, Talaat said at the virtual assembly.

NOAA is the U.S. authorities agency charged with monitoring space climate and issuing indicators, watches and warning. NOAA disorders indicators, as an instance, relating to geomagnetic and photo voltaic radiation storms.

Apart from to staring at the solar from deep space, NOAA can dangle in thoughts how entirely to dangle its capability to obtain space climate recordsdata in geostationary orbit beyond Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite tv for computer-U, a mission scheduled to launch in 2024.

Not like its predecessors within the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite tv for computer R Sequence, GOES-U encompasses a Compact Coronagraph to detect coronal mass ejections.

NOAA also will must function plans to continue gathering space climate recordsdata in low Earth orbit as the Protection Meteorological Satellite tv for computer Program and Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite tv for computer missions enact, Talaat said. “How we can function that in in a value efficient manner,” he asked.

Ball Aerospace gained a contract in 2020 to form, combine and operate the SWFO L1 spacecraft for NOAA. SWFO L1 instruments encompass the Naval Look at Laboratory’s Compact Coronagraph, the Supra Thermal Ion Sensor from the Dwelling Sciences Laboratory at the College of California, Berkeley, and a magnetometer from the Southwest Look at Institute.

L3Harris gained a contract to function and deploy SWFO’s ground system train and take watch over community.