Boulder-built instrument key to satellite mission

BOULDER — A new satellite carrying critical instrumentation developed in Boulder is scheduled to be launched from Japan on Thursday.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. developed, designed and is providing launch support for what it calls the Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager, one of the prime instruments aboard a joint NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission. Engineers say the satellite could give forecasters far greater ability to predict severe weather.

Project manager Don Figgins tells The Daily Camera the satellite will provide global coverage “that is going to provide detailed observations of global precipitation every three hours, with a higher resolution.”

The satellite, designed for a three-and-a-half-year mission, will be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 11 a.m. MDT on Thursday.


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