Suomi NPP

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Suomi NPP is NASA's next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth. Successfully launched Oct 2011 and will act as a bridge between current polar weather satellites (AVHRR and MODIS based satellites) and the next generation weather satellites.  The sensor of major interest is the VIIRS instrument, a next generation MODIS like sensor. 

GINA upgraded their X-BAND reception station to receive NPP in April 2012 with funding support from JPSS as part of the High Latitude Proving Ground.  and has setup near-realtime processing and distribution system for to get these new products into the hands of the Alaska National Weather Service.  

You can see a truecolor and landcover product derived from GINA near-realtime feed of VIIRS at http://feeder.gina.alaska.edu