California launch of new U.S. weather satellite postponed
California launch of new U.S. weather satellite postponed
The most important weather satellite you've never heard of launches to space Tuesday
14 November, 2017, 15:56
"Eighty-five percent of the data flowing into our weather forecast models come from polar-orbiting satellites, such as Suomi NPP and the new JPSS series", Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, said in a statement.
ATMS will provide critical microwave data, including atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles, to support weather forecasting for the operational JPSS system. JPSS 1 will go into orbit around 500 miles (800 kilometers) high and use five instruments to measure temperature and humidity in the atmosphere, solar radiation reflected off the Earth, ozone health, and other key data to aid weather forecasters.
Assuming that JPSS-1 launches successfully on Tuesday and functions normally in orbit, the US will again have two working polar satellites at work at the same time.
The new satellite will also deliver critical observations during severe weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards and is created to help improve forecasts three-to-seven days ahead of a severe weather event.
With JPSS-1, the threat of a "satellite gap" due to aging satellite fleet should be allayed.
JPSS will bring the latest and best technology NOAA has ever flown in a polar orbit to capture more precise observations of our atmosphere, land and waters. Harris Corporation built the Cross-track Infrared Sounder. NASA develops and builds the instruments, spacecraft and ground system and launches the satellites for NOAA.
The launch will take place at 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California.
The Delta II will be in the "7920" configuration: "7" denotes the 7000 series, utilizing an RS-27A engine in the first stage; "9" is the number of solid rocket (GEM-40) boosters; "2" denotes the second stage with an AJ10 engine; "0" denotes no third stage.
The launch of the Delta II rocket was scrubbed four minutes ahead of its scheduled liftoff at 1:47 a.m. This rocket will be the penultimate Delta II with the final Delta II launch planned for the ICESat-2 in 2018.
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