NASA to Host Media Call on Air Quality Satellite Launch

Illustration of Intelsat 40E, TEMPOs commercial satellite host.
Credits: Maxar

Media are invited to a NASA media teleconference 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 5, to discuss the upcoming launch of the first space-based instrument to observe major air pollutants across North America every hour during the daytime.

The agency will livestream audio of the teleconference on its website.

NASAs TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution instrument) will improve life on Earth by revolutionizing the way scientists observe air quality. A partnership between NASA and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory a part of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian TEMPO will launch on a commercial mission in early April.

The briefing participants are:

  • Karen St. Germain, Earth Science Division director, NASA Headquarters
  • Kevin Daugherty, TEMPO project manager, NASAs Langley Research Center
  • Xiong Liu, TEMPO deputy principal investigator, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
  • Dennis Nicks, director of payload engineering, Ball Aerospace
  • Aaron Abell, TEMPO project manager, Maxar
  • Jean-Luc Froeliger, senior vice president of Space Systems, Intelsat
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