In addition to observing the annual formation and extent of the ozone hole, scientists hope OMPS will help them better understand ozone destruction in the middle and upper stratosphere with its Nadir Profiler.
This OMPS instrument allows us to more closely see the vertical development of Antarctic ozone depletion in the lower stratosphere where the ozone hole occurs," said Pawan K.
will monitor ozone from space, collect total column and vertical profile ozone data, and continue the current daily global data provided by the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet radiometer-2 and Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer.
Long-term ozone monitoring instruments have included TOMS, SBUV/2, Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment series of instruments, the Microwave Limb Sounder, the Ozone Monitoring Instrument, and the OMPS
instrument on Suomi NPP.
The OMPS advanced hyperspectral instrument is designed to measure atmospheric ozone and how ozone concentration varies with altitude with improved precision.
This is the second OMPS sensor built by Ball Aerospace.
Under contract to NASA, Ball Aerospace designed and built OMPS
and the Suomi NPP satellite, and integrated all five of the satellite's instruments.
Launched on October 28, 2011, OMPS
is one of five instruments onboard the NPP bus, which completed commissioning on November 5, 2011.
is designed to provide higher fidelity monitoring of ozone from space.
Initial assembly has also begun on the OMPS
Flight Model 2 for the first NPOESS spacecraft.
is one of four sensors that will fly as part of the NPP risk reduction mission and one of nine sensors currently manifested for the operational NPOESS system.
has completed environmental and performance testing on three focal planes for the first OMPS
flight unit, also know as the Proto-Flight Model (PFM).