GPM Core Observatory

GPM Delivered to Japan for 2014 Launch

GPM Delivered to Japan for 2014 Launch

An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan, where it now will undergo launch preparations.

A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport, about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 23.

GPM Prepares to Ship

GPM Prepares to Ship
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Members of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., make final preparations to the satellite in a clean room -

- shortly before GPM was placed in a transportation container for its 7,300-mile trip to the launch site at Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.

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The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international partnership co-led by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The mission centers on the deployment of the GPM Core Observatory and consists of a network, or constellation, of additional satellites that together will provide next-generation global observations of precipitation from space. The GPM Core Observatory will carry an advanced radar/radiometer system and serve as a reference standard to unify precipitation measurements from all satellites that fly within the constellation.

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