Zorana Jelenak (left) and Paul Chang (right) posing with their 300+ and 500+ patches inside the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL. (Photo credit: NOAA)
3 October 2022 -STAR Ocean Science Vector Winds (OSVW) Science Team Reach Personal Flight Milestones: Dr. Paul Chang, Dr. Zorana Jelenak, and Dr. Joe Sapp posted big flight milestones last week finishing work on Hurricane Fiona. After many years of hurricane flights and improved wind speed measurements from space, Paul passed 500 hurricane penetrations (top 10 among men), and Zorana passed 300. This milestone makes Zorana the ranking female in the NOAA hurricane hunter business! Joe Sapp has surpassed 250 flights. Thanks to the flight crews, maintenance team, and support staff that gave them safe platforms from which to accomplish these important milestones.
2022 Cooperative Research Programs (CoRP) Science Symposium
24 Aug 2022 - This year's CoRP Science Symposium was
held at CIRA, Fort Collins, Colorado, from 25-27 July 2022. The Symposium
had 68 participants from NOAA/NESDIS, NESDIS Cooperative Institutes (CI),
and CI-affiliated students, postdocs, and junior scientists. The Symposium
is part of a larger strategy to promote federal and academic partnerships/
More about the symposium -
GOES-T Launch Success
1 March 2022 -
NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in a series of four advanced geostationary
weather satellites, blasted into orbit aboard a United Launch
Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket at 4:38 p.m. EST on March 1 from
NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
GOES-T will become operational as GOES West and track
destructive wildfires, lightning, Pacific Ocean-based storms,
dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the U.S. West Coast,
Hawaii and Alaska. It will also monitor solar activity and
space weather to provide early warnings of disruptions to
power grids, communications and navigation systems.
STAR teammates contributed to this launch's success and will
be involved in the post-launch testing, ongoing cal/val work and operational
implementation of the satellite and its data.
STAR Leads at
10 November 2022 - The Call for Abstracts and
Registration for the Third International Operational Satellite
Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-3) are now open! OSOS-3 will be
held June 12-16, 2023, Busan South Korea. NOAA/NESDIS/STAR and EUMETSAT
are excited to welcome Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency (KHOA)
as co-host of this third meeting in the series (prior meetings in 2019
and 2021). Derek Manzello and Heather Roman-Stork will represent NOAA
as meeting co-chairs.
4 October 2022 -
Too often students – and even educators – associate having a space
career with just being an astronaut or rocket scientist. But we know there is
a whole universe of jobs related to space that encompass fields such as science,
engineering, technical trades, communications and media relations, and more.
The White House’s National Space Council wants to change that and
called upon Federal agencies to help educators expose their students to the
multitude of space careers across the federal government and the wide diversity
of professionals in those roles.
At NOAA, our mission is to understand and predict our changing environment
from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, as well as manage and
conserve America’s coastal and marine resources. To do this, we collect,
archive, and study information not just from the ground and in the air, but from
satellites in space. Information collected from NOAA’s environmental
satellites supports products and services used across the country every day
that promote and protect our security, economy, environment, and quality of life.
Space missions, satellite programs, and scientific research require a
large team of people with a variety of skills. We spoke with a few people
here at NOAA, featuring STAR's very own Alexis Wolfe
(Chief of Staff) and Paige Lavin (Oceanographer), about
their space-related careers and the advice they’d give to young people
reaching for the stars.