California launch of new USA weather satellite postponed

14 November, 2017, 15:59 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Boulder's Ball Aerospace, NOAA primed for polar-orbiting satellite launch has been seven years in the planning

"It's always exciting to launch a satellite", Asbury said Friday. "The JPSS satellite system will provide advanced forecasting on not only hurricanes, but also unsafe weather events threatening communities across the United States". This polar orbit will allow global coverage by the satellites twice every 24 hours, with 14 orbits per day. Once it's operational, it will be renamed NOAA-20.

Officials have postponed the California launch of a new type of US weather satellite meant to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts. "JPSS will continue this trend", he added. JPSS will provide more detailed information about atmospheric temperature and air moisture leading to more accurate near-term weather predictions.

The combination of CrIS and ATMS data collection will produce global high-resolution 3-D maps of atmospheric temperature, pressure and moisture profiles for weather forecasting, continental transportation of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, and will aid in our understanding of climate phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña.

With JPSS-1, the threat of a "satellite gap" due to aging satellite fleet should be allayed.

NASA says the rocket had only a 66-second launch window. "We are proud to contribute to NOAA's continued leadership in critical weather forecasting throughout the entire JPSS series".

The ATMS is the next generation of cross-track sounders that will provide a wealth of data and global observational information of the Earth's surface and atmosphere using microwaves. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.

NASA-TV will cover the launch live and can be viewed at www.nasa.gov/ntv, starting at 1:15 a.m. PST on November 10.

Technical troubles scrubbed Tuesday's planned Delta II rocket launch of a new-generation of weather satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base minutes before blastoff.

The satellite is slated to launch aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 4:47 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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. This interagency effort (JPSS) is the latest generation of US polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites.

The event is for credentialed reporters only.

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