GPM Core Observatory

A 360 Degree View of Water
Update 1/8/14: "Water Falls" is coming soon to a sphere near you! Jan. 25, 2014: Premiere at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY Jan. 29 & 30, 2014: Premiere at the Space Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO Jan. 31, 2014: Global Premiere, at a Sphere Near You Escaping from the ocean, then surfing on clouds until taking that fateful fall back to Earth, water is on a journey. NASA's new short film "Water Falls" invites the public along for the ride as scientists follow water around the globe — on a globe. Produced specifically for the Science on a Sphere media platform in partnership with the Global...

GPM Completes Vibration Tests

The GPM Core satellite successfully completed vibration testing in July 2013, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The tests ensure that the spacecraft can withstand the vibrations caused by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIA rocket during satellite’s launch early in 2014. Sitting on a specialized mobile platform, the GPM spacecraft was abruptly moved back and forth in each of its three spatial orientations. GPM attached to the shaker table for horizontal vibration testing. Credit: Warren Shultzaberger / NASA
GPM Solar Array Deployment Test
By Kasha Patel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Original Feature (published 7/1/13) NASA successfully completed two pre-vibration solar array deployment tests of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite on June 6 and June 15, 2013. This video montage shows scenes from the test deployments of both GPM Core satellite solar arrays in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in June 2013. Video Credit: NASA Goddard “Cross your fingers. Cross your toes,” said Art Azarbarzin, GPM project manager, as he watched engineers take their places around the...

GPM Core Completes EMI/EMC Testing

An engineer stands next to the GPM Core Observatory in the EMI/EMC test chamber at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Image Credit: NASA The GPM Core Observatory completed the EMI/EMC test at Goddard Space Flight Center in May 2013. The Observatory is now going through pre-vibration activities, including solar array deployments.

Our Wet Wide World (GPM Overview)

Submitted by JacobAdmin on Thu, 04/11/2013
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As anyone who has ever been caught in a sudden and unexpected downpour knows, gaps still exist in our knowledge about the behavior and movement of precipitation, clouds and storms. An upcoming satellite mission from NASA and the Japanese Space Agency aims to fill in those gaps both in coverage and in scientists' understanding of precipitation.