New NOAA spacecraft readies for launch next month

New NOAA spacecraft readies for launch next month

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13 January 2015

NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), scheduled to launch in late January, will give forecasters more reliable measurements of solar wind speed, improving their ability to monitor harmful solar activity, and replace an aging research satellite currently used to warn of impacts to Earth.

“Thanks to DSCOVR, the United States will have the uninterrupted ability to monitor space weather conditions, but in much greater detail,” said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., assistant administrator forNOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. “Those conditions can quickly turn dangerous and pose serious threats to Earth space and ground infrastructure.”

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