Improved weather forecasting is critical in providing clear and ample warning to residents in potentially impacted areas of weather disasters. By being able to more accurately determine where weather disasters might occur, and provide early warning to impacted communities and government agencies, space sensors, such as Raytheons VIIRS, are helping to save lives and reduce disaster relief costs.
VIIRS, which was launched into orbit on the Suomi NPP satellite last October, delivers high-definition imagery from space that can help weather forecasters and government agencies better understand weather patterns, obtain enhanced spectral coverage and employ advanced calibration for improved nighttime cloud characterization.
The VIIRS Blue Marble 2012 image, captured on January 12, 2012, instantly became an iconic image from Space, replacing an earlier version captured 30 years ago by the Apollo 17 astronauts who used a 70-millimeter Hasselblad camera with an 80-millimetre lens. The Blue Marble 2012 is a composite image made up of separate data sets taken during the course of several orbits.
VIIRS continues to capture vivid Earth imagery and provides broader spectral coverage and improved spatial resolution, which means it can take a wide variety of images to help weather forecasters gain a better understanding of weather patterns to make more accurate weather predictions. This photo gallery showcases several images captured by VIIRS since its launch on Suomi NPP on Oct. 28, 2011.