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Status: Future
Mission Category: Inter-Agency Partnerships
Launch Date: 2027

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the Nation's new generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. JPSS is a collaborative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its acquisition agent, NASA. This interagency effort is the latest generation of U.S. polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites.

JPSS-4 is the fourth and final spacecraft in the JPSS series. JPSS-4 will carry the latest versions of: VIIRS, CrIS, ATMS, and OMPS.

Historical Note: The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is a collaborative program between NOAA and NASA. JPSS is the civilian component of the former National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System
(NPOESS), which was reorganized in 2010.

Key JPSS-4 Facts

Altitude:Distance from sea level. 833km
Inclination: 98.7°
Instruments: ATMS (Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder) CrIS (Cross-Track Infrared Sounder) OMPS (Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite) VIIRS (Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite)