Technical Tours

Tours available:

NOAA National Center for Weather & Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland $25
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:00am – 1:00pm

NOAA Satellite Operations Center Tour in Suitland, Maryland $25
Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:30am – 12:30pm

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Tour in Greenbelt, Maryland $25
Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:30am – 5:00pm

To Register:

Registration for the technical tours is available through the IAC registration system. If you have not registered as an IAC delegate yet you will be able to add the tours when you go through that process. If you have already registered for IAC and would like to add one of the tours, please do so through the “Modify your registration” process.

For questions on the tours, please contact iac2019info@aiaa.org.


Full tour details:

 

NOAA National Center for Weather & Climate Prediction
Start Date and Time: 10/22/2019; 09:00
End Date and Time: 10/22/2019; 13:00
Location: College Park, MD

Description: Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how meteorologists use environmental satellite data to forecast storms, learn how the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses satellites to support responses to oil spill, wildfire and volcanic ash, meet NOAA’s satellite application and research scientists, and more.  The NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction houses dedicated scientists who provide the United States with expert weather, water, and climate forecasts that touch everyone’s lives. The center provides a seamless suite of environmental analysis, diagnostics and forecasts from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. This integrated facility advances NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation through improved precision forecasts, effective communications, and strong partnerships.


REQUIREMENTS:
A government issued photo I.D. is required. All bags are subject to security screening upon entry.

RESTRICTIONSNo pictures allowed on the forecasting floor.

WEBSITE:  https://www.ncep.noaa.gov/openhouse/pdf/NCWCP_One_Pager.pdf

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Tour

Start Date and Time: 10/24/2019; 11:30
End Date and Time: 10/24/2019; 17:00
Location: Greenbelt, Maryland

Description: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, opened its gates in 1959 as the agency’s first spaceflight center. Throughout the decades, the center has addressed some of humanity’s greatest questions, from the changing environmental systems on Earth to the fundamental nature of the entire universe. Its missions span the disciplines of astrophysics, Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and engineering and technology. Now at 60 years in operation, Goddard has evolved into a definitive resource for the global scientific community.

Tour participants will be welcomed by a senior Goddard official and, during the tour receive an overview of the center’s exhaustive scientific portfolio in the Dr. Piers J Sellers data visualization studio, or hyperwall. They will then be guided through the following stops: Satellite Servicing Projects Division, Integration and Testing Complex, Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope Briefing, Sample Analysis at Mars Test Bed Lab. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore Goddard’s gift shop and visitor center, depending on time.

NOAA Satellite Operations Center Tour

Start Date and Time: 10/24/2019; 08:30
End Date and Time: 10/24/2019; 12:30
Location: Suitland, Maryland

Description: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Satellite and Product Services (OSPO) will provide a tour of one of its facilities, the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF). During the tour, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about NOAA’s requirements for controlling and commanding satellites. In addition, the visitors will have a chance to view the NOAA Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC), which provides communication for both Geostationary and Polar-orbiting satellites. The visitors will also have a tour of the U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC). The NIC will discuss ice and snow products, ice forecasting and other environmental intelligence services. Attendees will have the ability to meet with NOAA scientists and engineers, enjoy a tour of the satellites on the roof, and more. A government issued photo I.D. is required. All bags are subject to security screening upon entry.

REQUIREMENTS: A government issued photo I.D. is required. All bags are subject to security screening upon entry.

WEBSITE: http://commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/BusinessResource/NSOF-NOAA-Satellite-Operations-Facility.pdf