NPP: Getting Ready to Go

NPP: Getting Ready to Go

NASA is holding three press briefings tomorrow about the upcoming launch of its NPP satellite early Friday morning.

The first briefing, from 1:00-3:00 pm PDT (4:00-6:00 pm EDT), will focus on launch preparations. The second, which follows immediately thereafter, will discuss the mission’s science objectives. The third, which follows next, will talk about the Educational Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNa) that will deploy five nanosatellites designed and created by university and college students.

Mission Briefing Participants:

Andrew Carson, NPP program executive
NASA Headquarters

Tim Dunn, NASA launch director
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA missions
United Launch Alliance, Denver, Colo.

Ken Schwer, NPP project manager
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

2d Lt. Lisa Cochran, Launch Weather Officer, 30th Operations Support
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Science Briefing Participants:

Jim Gleason, NPP project scientist
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Mitch Goldberg, NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System Program Scientist
NOAA Satellite and Information Service, Silver Spring, Md.

ELaNa CubeSat Briefing Participants

Roland Coelho , P-POD Program Lead
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Garrett Skrobot, ELaNa mission manager
NASA Launch Services Program, Kennedy Space Center

The briefings will be carried on NASA TV.

The NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) is a NASA earth observing mission that will also serve as part of NOAA’s operational weather satellite network in polar orbit. Launch is scheduled for Friday, October 28, at 2:48-2:57 am PDT (5:48-5:57 am EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.

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