The Unidata Program Center has received a commendation from the National Weather Service's Spaceflight Meteorology Group, thanking the program for providing the Local Data Manger software and technical support for both the LDM and McIDAS packages. Over the course of the Space Shuttle program, the LDM was used to transport observational and experimental data from a variety of sources, including the NWS and the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center.
The UPC received a certificate and a formal letter of recognition from Frank C. Brody, chief of the Spaceflight Meteorology Group. Describing Unidata's contributions, Brody thanks Unidata developers Tom Yoksas and Steve Emmerson by name:
The end of the Space Shuttle Program has given the National Weather Service Spaceflight Meteorology Group (SMG) opportunity to reflect on those individuals and groups who have contributed to the success of our weather support over the past 30 years. SMG uses the Local Data Manager (LDM) to move a wide variety of data from our McIDAS system to our AWIPS system. We also use LDM to access data through NWS Southern Region, which includes experimental datasets from NASA's Short-Term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center as well as MODIS data from the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center. We would like to thank Unidata for all your support to SMG and ultimately NASA's human spaceflight program.
We would like to specifically thank Tom Yoksas and Steve Emmerson for their assistance with McIDAS and our AWIPS LDM implementation. Please accept this specially designed certificate, marking the end of the Space Shuttle program, as a token of our appreciation for your efforts. The certificate contains a patch that was flown in space aboard the STS-134 mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour which launched on May 16 and landed on June 1, 2011.
The Unidata Program Center staff is honored to be recognized by the Space Shuttle Program for the quality and broader impact of its work.