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The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is a NOAA solar weather and Earth observation satellite scheduled to be launched early 2015. Orbiting at the L1 Lagrangian point—a point along the Earth-Sun line, approximately one million miles away from Earth, where the gravitational pull from the Earth and Sun balance—the satellite will measure the solar wind magnetic field, and solar wind plasma ion velocity, temperature, and density in order to detect solar storms before their impacts reach the Earth. Solar storms have the potential to disrupt electrical grids, communications, GPS navigation, air travel, satellite operations and human spaceflight.

SSAI is providing electrical systems engineering support for DSCOVR, working directly with the Mission Systems Engineer to develop and implement modifications to the electrical system and to provide support and guidance in electrical integration and testing of various spacecraft subsystems.

image2SSAI is supporting the DSCOVR Mission with electrical engineering and integration of the spacecraft systems.
Credit: NASA and NOAA.