future sounders and weather imagers are expected to launch in the 2030s
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – NASA has selected L3Harris Technologies to conduct a second advanced study to significantly improve the accuracy and timeliness of US weather forecasts.
The weather forecast modeling study, which is expected to begin this month, will allow L3Harris to test and evaluate an advanced concept of satellite-based weather sensors – called “sounders” – that measure temperature and water vapor. for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The L3Harris concept includes a sensor that offers hyperspectral and infrared readings, giving severe weather trackers an edge as they predict dangerous storms.
“To produce accurate forecasts, weather forecasting models require detailed observations from the Earth’s surface to the top of the atmosphere,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris.
“Our technology has played and will continue to play a vital role in improving severe storm tracking and warnings by providing continuous information to advanced weather forecasting models.”
Last April, L3Harris was selected by NOAA to perform a similar analysis supporting a GeoXO satellite imager that would collect weather, ocean and environmental data that could be used to assess and improve a range of climate and environmental planning efforts. natural disasters.
Future geostationary weather sounders and imagers are expected to launch in the 2030s. L3Harris is the leading supplier of weather sensors piloted by US and international customers, including Japan and South Korea.
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