GIFTS-IOMI (EO 3) [NASA]
The New Millennium Program's (NMP) Earth Observing 3 (EO3) mission, called GIFTS, is the first step in improving our operational weather observing systems. GIFTS, which stands for Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer, is an instrument that incorporates the breakthrough technologies of an innovative atmospheric measuring concept; a concept developed at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Earth Observing 3 (EO3) GIFTS-IOMI is a New Millennium Program's joint mission with the US Navy's Office of Naval Research. GIFTS-IOMI stands for Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS) - Indian Ocean METOC Imager (IOMI). GIFTS is a highly advanced instrument selected by NASA to perform as EO3's latest weather observing instrument. Here are some interesting details on the mission:
GIFTS-IOMI objective is to demonstrate and flight qualify advanced technologies for application to future space missions and to provide better meteorological and atmospheric chemistry data products (results).
Due to reasons of changed priorities, the US Navy withdraw its resources for the spacecraft, but remained involved in the development of the GIFTS instrument. This caused the cancellation of the spacecraft and the IMAGE instrument. Currently it is discussed, how to proceed with the GIFTS instrument - which may fly on an other spacecraft.
|Type / Application:||Meteorology|
|Operator:||NASA / US Navy / USAF STP (Space Test Program)|
|Contractors:||Northrop Grumman Space Technology (ex TRW)|
|Equipment:||GIFTS, IMAGE, CryoCommSat|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|GIFTS-IOMI (EO 3)||cancelled||SLC-41||Atlas-5(401)|