Ozone Mapping & Profiler Suite

Improving Environmental Data Records

The Ball Aerospace Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument provides critical information on the health of the Earth’s ozone layer, continuing the nation’s long-term ozone data record and protecting the health of people worldwide. OMPS measures atmospheric ozone and how ozone concentration varies with altitude. By measuring the global distribution of ozone, OMPS data helps scientists track the recovery of the ozone layer from the effects of ozone-depleting substances like halons or chlorofluorocarbons over the next few decades. 

OMPS is one of five instruments that launched aboard the Ball-built Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP) spacecraft in 2011. A second OMPS flies on the NOAA-20 satellite (formerly JPSS-1) that launched in 2017. Ball also built a third OMPS instrument for the JPSS-2, expected to launch later in 2022.

Ozone Mapping & Profiler Suite

Download this PDF to discover how our OMPS instrument is improving environmental data records.

OMPS Detects Sulfur Dioxide

2018’s biggest volcanic eruption of sulfur dioxide was confirmed by the OMPS instrument. Click here to learn more.

JPSS-2 Launch Site

Click here to visit the JPSS-2 launch site and follow along with launch events.
What We Did

What We Did

Instrument Provider

We designed, built and tested both OMPS instruments, as well as supported instrument integration on both the Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 satellites. As a result of Ball’s success on OMPS, we received a sole-source contract from NASA to build OMPS instruments for all three of the next JPSS follow-on missions (JPSS-2, JPSS-3 and JPSS-4). OMPS builds on Ball’s more than 40-year heritage of developing ozone monitoring instruments for NOAA and NASA. OMPS products, when combined with cloud predictions, also help produce better ultraviolet index forecasts. 

Space-Based Environmental Intelligence

See how Ball's heritage with Earth science is helping deliver data and monitor our planet.


Click here to learn more about Suomi NPP on NASA’s website.

Joint Polar Satellite System

Click here to learn more about the polar-orbiting satellites improving weather forecasting and climate monitoring.