A series of satellites have been launched by NASA over the last decade, and these satellites have allowed earth scientists to have an unparalleled view of Earth from space. This series of satellites are collectively known as NASA's Earth Observing System or EOS. However, as these satellites have started to age, a new series of satellites have been arranged not only to take over, but as well increase the capabilities of satellites observing the Earth.
At forefront of this new satellite program is the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. The Suomi NPP orbits the earth approximately 14 times a day, recording and observing nearly the entire surface of the Earth.
With EastAsia and SeaSpace as its partners, PAGASA is one of the first Asian meteorological agencies to have direct access to this satellite via its ground station in Science Garden, Quezon City.
Suomi NPP carries 5 key instruments:
- Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS)
- Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS)
- Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS)
- Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
- Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES)
SeaSpace TeraScan® satellite processing/control systems provided the end-to-end solutions for receiving, processing, archiving, and distributing data from the Suomi NPP, Aqua and Terra satellites.