BOULDER, Colo., – Ball Aerospace efficiently accomplished the preliminary design assessment (PDR) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Area Climate Comply with On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) spacecraft. With PDR full, the spacecraft now strikes into the important design section.
Ball was awarded the contract to design and construct the SWFO-L1 spacecraft on June 25, 2020 by NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Heart on behalf of NOAA. SWFO-L1 is an operational mission that can gather photo voltaic wind information and coronal imagery to satisfy NOAA’s operational necessities to observe and forecast photo voltaic storm exercise. SWFO-L1 will probably be launched to an L1 orbit, which can enable for upstream photo voltaic wind measurements and steady unobstructed commentary of the solar’s corona with out interference from the Earth.
“Space weather events, similar to photo voltaic flares, coronal mass ejections and different high-energy emissions from the solar, can endanger astronauts in house, intervene with satellites and injury communications and energy grid infrastructure, inflicting vital financial influence,” stated Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, vp and normal supervisor, Civil Area, Ball Aerospace. “As soon as on orbit, SWFO-L1 will present the nation with important house climate data to assist defend life and property and we’re excited to accomplice with NOAA and NASA Goddard on this vital mission.”
The SWFO-L1 spacecraft relies on the Ball Configurable Platform (BCP), which is a customizable and confirmed spacecraft, designed for versatile, cost-effective functions, utilizing a typical spacecraft bus and customary payload interfaces to scale back price, streamline payload lodging and decrease supply time. Ball has a heritage of constructing spacecraft for NOAA’s operational climate missions, together with NOAA-20 and the Suomi Nationwide Polar Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP).