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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Suomi NPP -
Full Name Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
aka NPP, S-NPP
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA, NOAA Launch Date 28 Oct 2011
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Mar 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.7 deg
Orbit Altitude 824 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:30 Repeat Cycle 16 days
Objectives and Applications 5-year nominal mission life. Operational polar weather and climate measurements.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols OMPS, VIIRS
Atmospheric Humidity Fields ATMS, CrIS
Atmospheric Winds VIIRS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature VIIRS
Cloud particle properties and profile ATMS, VIIRS
Liquid water and precipitation rate ATMS
Ozone OMPS
Radiation budget CERES, VIIRS
Trace gases (excluding ozone) CrIS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields ATMS, CrIS, VIIRS
LandAlbedo and reflectance VIIRS
Soil moisture VIIRS
Vegetation VIIRS
Surface temperature (land) ATMS, VIIRS
Multi-purpose imagery (land) VIIRS
OceanOcean colour/biology VIIRS
Ocean surface winds ATMS
Surface temperature (ocean) VIIRS
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) VIIRS
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth VIIRS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness ATMS, VIIRS
Mission Instruments
ATMS - Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder
CERES - Cloud and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
CrIS - Cross-track Infrared Sounder
OMPS - Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
VIIRS - Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite
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