New US weather satellite launched

James Marshall
November 18, 2017

Delta II rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Twice thwarted due to weather conditions, the launch of JPSS-1 was performed on the morning of 18 November.

An advanced US weather satellite created to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California.

Photo caption: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2017) - A ULA Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA stands poised for launch. A second try 24 hours later was called off because of higher-than-allowable winds aloft. Three more solid-fueled boosters ignited in flight about a minute after liftoff.

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New US weather satellite launched

The Delta 2 rode almost 800,000 pounds of thrust from six ground-lit solid rocket boosters and an RS-27A main engine. The rocket will deliver the first of four meteorological satellites of new generation.

Unlike geostationary satellites, which stay in a fixed position above Earth, the JPSS satellites pass above both poles. But the new weather satellite was the clear star of the show.

The rocket will be carrying a satellite gathering data about the earth's atmosphere, land and oceans for NASA and the NOAA.

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