BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ball Aerospace has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) spacecraft. Ball will now proceed with the production, integration and testing of the spacecraft.
Scheduled to launch in 2025, SWFO-L1 will collect solar wind data and coronal imagery to meet NOAA’s operational requirements for monitoring and predicting the impacts of solar storm activity.
“The impacts of solar events such as coronal mass ejections can be significant, ranging from shutting down communications satellites to disrupting the power grid,” said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. “SWFO will be an important tool in NOAA’s mission to monitor space weather, provide timely and accurate warnings, and help minimize the impact of these events on our infrastructure and economy.”
Ball Aerospace has been selected by NASA to design, build and integrate the small satellite for NOAA’s SWFO-L1 mission in partnership with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Ball will also perform satellite-level testing, help train the flight operations team, verify the satellite in orbit, and support mission operations. The SWFO-L1 mission builds on the success of Ball’s space buses designed for operational weather missions such as NOAA-20 and Suomi NPP, as well as high performance small satellite missions such as STPSats-2 and 3 and the green propellant infusion mission (GPIM).
Ball Aerospace is also building an operational environmental satellite for the US Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center called Weather System Follow-on – Microwave (WSF-M). WSF-M will host its own space-based energetic charged particle weather sensor in addition to its primary instrument for measuring ocean surface vector winds and tropical cyclone intensity.
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