The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. NPP satellite is encapsulated inside the fairing (nose cone) of a United Launch Alliance Delta II launch vehicle in preparation for liftoff from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Space, October 28, 2011, at 2:48 PDT (5:48 EDT).
NPP is NASA's first Earth-observing satellite to measure both global climate changes and a host of key weather variables. Ball Aerospace built the NPP satellite BCP 2000 satellite bus for Goddard Space Flight Center under fixed-price terms. Ball also built one of five instruments for NPP - the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS).
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