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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

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A new program will give the aging NOAA-18 satellite, and others, new life.

Credit: NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans to use a cloud-based system to extend the lifespan of older polar-orbiting satellites that are slated for decommissioning.

The older satellites were launched from 1998 to 2005 and used for climate and weather prediction as part of NOAA's Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites (POES) fleet.

NOAA will control the older satellites using a POES Extended Life Internet cloud-based system through Microsoft Azure, with the "ground system as a service" approach expected to keep them running at least through September 2025.

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