Launch of NOAA's JPSS-1 slips 24 hours

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2017

The weather satellite will have to wait at least 24 hours to begin its mission for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA after the attempted liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today was postponed to November 15, according to the JPSS-1 live blog run by NASA. The first ATMS was completed in 2005 and has been integrated on the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite, which is scheduled to launch in October.

Several instruments aboard the satellite will provide detailed observations of temperature, air moisture, ice, snow, fog, wildfires, precipitation and ozone around the world. NOAA funds and manages the program, operations and data products. The delay was due to the detection of boats within the safety zone of the launch at the last minute, as well as a "bad reading" on one of the rockets to which the satellite was attached with "insufficient time to fully coordinate a resolution" according to Space.com and NASA. "We are proud to contribute to NOAA's continued leadership in critical weather forecasting throughout the entire JPSS series".

The JPSS-1 spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colo. Harris Corporation built the Cross-track Infrared Sounder.

NASA is preparing to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, satellite on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide essential data for timely and accurate weather forecasts and for tracking environmental events such as forest fires and droughts. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.

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The next launch attempt will be on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 4:47 a.m. EST according to NASA's live blog of the launch.

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 illustration depicts the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft created to provide forecasters with crucial environmental science data to provide a better understanding of changes in the Earth's weather, oceans and climate.

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