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TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Books A Ride To Space

July 14, 2021

First major system integration complete

The TEMPO Instrument includes two major systems: Instrument Control Electronics (ICE) and Sensor. The TEMPO ICE mechanical integration onto the Intelsat 40e spacecraft was successfully completed at Maxar on Wednesday, July 14th.

TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Books A Ride To Space

May 21, 2021

TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Treks Toward Satellite Integration

The TEMPO instrument will soon be integrated onto a satellite and tested to ensure that it can survive the space environment. TEMPO shipped from Ball Aerospace in Broomfield, Colorado, to Maxar Technologies' satellite manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California.

TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Books A Ride To Space

March 18, 2020

NASA's TEMPO Satellite Host Named

>The TEMPO instrument, a NASA satellite instrument lead by Principal Investigator Kelly Chance from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, will launch to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The launch is planned for 2022.

TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Books A Ride To Space

Feb. 3, 2020

NASA's TEMPO Satellite Host Named

Maxar Technologies and Intelsat recently agreed to partner to host NASA’s TEMPO instrument onboard the Intelsat 40e mission. In 2019, NASA selected Maxar to host the TEMPO instrument utilizing the U.S. Air Force Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) contract vehicle. Intelsat 40e is based on Maxar's 1300-class satellite platform and will provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers in North and Central America. The satellite is scheduled to launch into geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth's equator in 2022.

TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Books A Ride To Space

July 22, 2019

TEMPO Air Pollution Sensor Books A Ride To Space

NASA has secured a host satellite provider and ride into space for an instrument that will dramatically advance our understanding of air quality over North America. Maxar Technologies of Westminster, Colorado, will provide satellite integration, launch and data transmission services for TEMPO, an Earth science instrument that will observe air pollution over North America in unprecedented detail from a geostationary orbit.
A contract with Maxar was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center through its Hosted Payload Solutions contract.

The TEMPO Satellite Hosting Services

Dec 07, 2018

NASA’s TEMPO Instrument Successfully Completes Development

An Earth science space instrument that will measure air pollution over North America has successfully completed development by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colorado and has been formally accepted by NASA.
NASA has taken over ownership of the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, or TEMPO, flight hardware, but the instrument will remain in storage at Ball while a host spacecraft is selected.

While awaiting a ride on a host commercial spacecraft, the TEMPO instrument will be kept in a cleanroom storage area at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado.
Credit: Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

The TEMPO instrument

May 31, 2018

NASA’s TEMPO Requests Proposals for Satellite Hosting Services

The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument will make observations from a geostationary vantage point, about 22,000 miles above Earth's equator, flying on a commercial satellite.To accomplish this, TEMPO has partnered with the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, California, and will employ their Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) contract. Proposals have been requested from the 11 commercial companies associated with the HoPS contract.

The TEMPO instrument

Sept. 21, 2017

TEMPO completes spectrometer testing and verification

"The completion of characterization and calibration of the TEMPO spectrometer is a critical milestone in the development of our fundamental atmospheric pollution mission, which is a result of collaboration among Ball Aerospace, NASA's Langley Research Center, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory" said Kelly Chance, TEMPO Principal Investigator, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. "Together, we are all looking forward to the next steps on the way to providing hourly atmospheric pollution measurements for greater North America."

May 4, 2016

TEMPO Instrument Passes Critical Design Reviews

TEMPO has now passed the Critical Design Reviews for the instrument (June 24-25 at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, CO) and the Ground System (May 3-4 at SAO in Cambridge, MA). The instrument is well on the way to being fabricated and characterized by Ball, with an expected completion and delivery date in mid calendar year 2017. The Ground System, consisting of the Instrument Operations Center and the Science Data Processing Center, located at SAO, will be completed and fully operational in time for the earliest possible launch date, November 2018.

May 6, 2015


It was confirmed by NASA's Science Mission Directorate to continue into Phase C of the project, in which the team completes the design that meets science and measurement requirements, fabricates the instrument, and develops the ground system.