Mission Status

March 2015

The GPM Core Observatory successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, on February 27th, 2014 at 1:37pm EST. It is currently in orbit and undergoing initial instrument checkout and testing procedures.

Mission Updates

The NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) has recently added all of the half-hourly and monthly *Final* IMERG data variables to the next generation of Giovanni, Giovanni-4 (G4). Giovanni is a Web-based application developed by the GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way for users to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data, without having to download the data.
TRMM/PR data distribution resumes during the experimental operation period. The satellite has descended to an altitude of around 350 km on February 12, 2015, which is the original nominal altitude before 2001. Verification of the data quality concluded and JAXA and PPS started distribution of PR data around the 350 km altitude (orbit number from 98231) to the public. PR available data period around 350 km altitude will be about 40 days since February 12, 2015. Please see TRMM/PR data...
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PPS is re-releasing the first public version IMERG products The Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) merges precipitation estimates from passive microwave sensors, geo-IR, and monthly surface precipitation gauge analysis data (where available) to provide half-hourly and monthly precipitation estimates and related fields on a 0.1° lat./long. grid over the domain 60°N-S.  The current period of record is mid-March 2014 to the present (delayed by about 3 months) .Please refer...
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On December 8, 2014 and December 10, 2014 the GPM MOC will conduct deep space calibrations maneuvers that will assist in physically verifying GMI calibration changes and also help in further characterization of the GMI instrument itself. Special processing is required for the data collected during the DSC. Therefore, PPS production of Standard GMI products will be halted on Dec 8 at 20:30 UTC. Processing will resume during normal business hours on Dec 9. On December 10, the maneuver is...
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The Precipitation Processing System (PPS) has begun producing updated GPM radiometer products as of 12/4/2014 due to an error discovered in the calculation of the Sun Angle in the PPS Geolocation Toolkit. This is considered a minor update with the Product Version being incremented in letter only. Please see the list of affected products here: http://pps.gsfc.nasa.gov/Documents/GPM_PPS_SunAngle_Products_20141204.pdf    
The TRMM satellite is descending, and the users of TRMM Precipitation Radar (PR) data should be aware that the last production orbit of public PR data was orbit #96230 from October 7th, 2014. From that point forward, the TRMM PR data is suspended because no useful cloud data are being observed. It is possible that PR data will again be made available when TRMM descends to the vicinity of its at-launch altitude of 350 km. TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) data will continue to be produced and...
The NOAA network is gradually being restored.  MHS data appears to have started flowing around 02:00 UTC on 23 October 2014, but as of 08:00 UTC on 23 October 2014 the Meteosat geo-IR data was still  missing.  As a result, users should see reduced areas of "missing" and higher-quality estimates in general starting with the 03:00 UTC 23 October 2014 3B42RT.  
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Starting about 22:00 UTC on 20 October 2014 PPS started having issues with missing input data files originating at NOAA. Informally we have been told that there is a major network issue, but have no insight on its nature or likely duration. Until this is resolved, the input data for the 3B4xRT suite of products will suffer greatly reduced volume.  Currently, we are not receiving sounder data, and the IR fields only have GOES-E and -W. 
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The most accurate and comprehensive collection of rain, snowfall and other types of precipitation data ever assembled now is available to the public. This new resource for climate studies, weather forecasting, and other applications is based on observations by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with contributions from a constellation of international partner satellites.
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Since December 1997, TRMM and the instruments it carries have provided valuable information to researchers, the applications community, and the public. On July 8, 2014, pressure readings from the fuel tank indicated that TRMM is at the end of its fuel. As a result, NASA has ceased station keeping maneuvers and TRMM has begun its drift downward from its operating altitude of 402 km. A small amount of fuel has been retained to conduct debris avoidance maneuvers to ensure the satellite remains...
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