WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) — The final experimental instrument has been added to a new NASA weather and climate satellite set to be launched into polar orbit in late 2001, the agency says.
An advanced atmospheric sensor, the Cross-track Infrared Sounder, has been successfully integrated into the Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration release said Thursday.
It joins four other instruments that will collect and distribute remotely sensed land, ocean, and atmospheric data back to Earth.
NPOESS will provide atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity sounding, land and ocean biological productivity, cloud and aerosol properties and total/profile ozone measurements, NASA said.
Once launched, the NPOESS satellite program will be managed by a tri-agency program made up of NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Defense, NASA said.
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