An advanced infrared sounding sensor is set to help improve weather forecasting, according to its manufacturer.
Northrop Grumman, a global security company that employs 120,000 staff, announced that the Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) sensor has completed its final vacuum test.
It is set to be deployed on the National-Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project spacecraft, the organisation confirmed.
Dave Vandervoet, vice-president and NPOESS project manager, believes its final test reinforced the team's confidence for the sensor to form part of the mission and prove "an extremely valuable weather and climate observation platform".
As well as enhancing global and regional weather forecasting, CrIS is expected to improve storm tracking and measuring hurricane intensity.
The firm, which has its headquarters in California, provides products and solutions to a range of industries including aerospace, shipbuilding as well as offering technical services to government and commercial clients across the globe.