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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - JPSS-3 -
Full Name Joint Polar Satellite System - 3 (Polar Follow-on) Status Planned
Mission Agencies NOAA, EUMETSAT, NASA Launch Date 2026
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 2033
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.75 deg
Orbit Altitude 833 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:30 Repeat Cycle 16 days
Objectives and Applications Meteorological, climatic, terrestrial, oceanographic, and solar-geophysical applications; global and regional environmental monitoring, search and rescue, data collection. Note that free-flyer options are being considered for the A-DCS4 and SARSAT instruments, though these are considered part of the JPSS system. Instrument complement for JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 remains TBD.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols OMPS, OMPS-L, 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, OMPS-L
Radiation budget RBI, 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
CrIS - Cross-track Infrared Sounder
OMPS - Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
OMPS-L - Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite Limb Profiler
RBI - Radiation Budget Instrument
VIIRS - Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite
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