The What Prepatory Project?

Most of my Air Force Reserve career dealt with headquarters’ concerns about the National Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite System or NPOESS.  The program was meant to combine civil and military weather needs into a satellite that would handle both realtime and climate observations.  In the end, the Air Force, NOAA, and NASA couldn’t work together and keep things going long enough to launch the actual satellites.  The pathfinder mission, NPP, was far enough along to fly, however.  The launch was successful, now we just need to get the instruments online.

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