New weather satellite scheduled to be launched on Tuesday

Boulder's Ball Aerospace, NOAA primed for polar-orbiting satellite launch has been seven years in the planning

NASA launching JPSS-1 weather satellite

JPSS-1, which will be known as NOAA-20 when it reaches orbit, will join Suomi NPP, the joint NOAA-NASA weather satellite, giving the USA the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit.

"It's always exciting to launch a satellite", Asbury said Friday.

"Having two advanced polar satellites in the same orbit will ensure our numerical weather models have the necessary, critical data to support forecasts up to seven days ahead of extreme weather events", said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., director of NOAA's Satellite and Information Service. 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. "JPSS will continue this trend".

A first-of-its-kind weather satellite will have to wait at least 24 hours to begin its mission for NOAA and NASA after a rocket issue prevented an attempted liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today (Nov. 14). "The rocket is in a safe condition, the spacecraft, JPSS-1, is in a safe condition". "For the better part of a decade, scientists and policymakers have been very concerned about a gap in polar-orbiting satellite coverage of the Earth due to delays in launching JPSS-1 and the obvious aging or potential failure of older birds in orbit", according to Maue.

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. Once it's operational, it will be renamed NOAA-20. If the launch is successful, the satellite will be fully functional in about three to six months, Pica said.

The JPSS-1 was designed and built by Ball Aerospace.

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