NEW S AN D news and notes Notes QUIKTOM S Ozone Monitorin g Instrument tinue the important jo b of ozone monitoring now done Prepare d for Launch by the five-year old TOMS instrument on Earth Probe, which was beginning to show signs of aging. The National Aeronautical and Space Administra- tion (NASA) launched its latest ozone-monitoring in- "NASA is pleased with Orbital's cooperation, teamwork, and dedication throughout the development strument, which will allow scientists to continue their and launch preparations of the QuikTOMS spacecraft, long-term measurements of global ozone levels. The instrument and launch vehicle," said Kenneth Schwer, QUIKTOMS or Quick Total Ozone Mapping Spec- the QuikTOMS Project Manager. "NASA's innova- trometer (TOMS) was scheduled to lift off from tive acquisition tools continue to provide excellent Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 21 Septem- avenues for achieving acceptable low-cost and quick ber on an Orbital Sciences Corporation Taurus rocket. missions." Built in just two years rather than the traditional three to five, QuikTOMS will take over for the TOMS Although the TOMS data will be used primarily to spacecraft in monitoring global ozone levels (includ- study ozone, the information gained from TOMS will ing springtime ozone depletion in
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2001
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