October 27, 2015
DSCOVR mission operations successfully transitioned from NASA to NOAA
The Omitron DSCOVR team completed commissioning operations and training of the NOAA operations staff in preparation for the handover of operations from NASA to NOAA. The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) was successfully launched on February 11, 2015 onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and reached its target Lissajous orbit at L1 on June 7, 2015. DSCOVR is a joint NASA/NOAA mission, where NASA held the responsibility for development, integration, launch and initial operations and transitioning responsibility for operations to NOAA after commissioning.
In support of the NASA Project, the Omitron team performed the pre-launch development and operations preparations, including ground segment systems engineering, Mission Operations Center (MOC) development, I&T support, flight operations products development and validation, and testing of the ground system, spacecraft and the end-to-end mission system. Following launch, the Omitron Flight Operations Team (FOT) members performed 24×7 operations to conduct the spacecraft commissioning activities and transition to normal operations. During this time, the FOT trained the NOAA operations controllers and engineers in operation of the ground system and the spacecraft and instruments. Omitron continues to provide sustaining engineering for the DSCOVR MOC and operations support to NOAA.