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NASA launching JPSS-1 weather satellite

NASA launching JPSS-1 weather satellite

"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.

The JPSS-1 is the first in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) next-generation of four polar-orbiting satellites that provide the majority of data streamed into weather forecasting models.

ATMS will provide critical microwave data, including atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles, to support weather forecasting for the operational JPSS system.

Ball also built one of the five instruments on the spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite. This interagency effort (JPSS) is the latest generation of USA polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites. "The JPSS satellite system will provide advanced forecasting on not only hurricanes, but also risky weather events threatening communities across the United States". Instruments aboard polar-orbiting satellites, like ones aboard JPSS-1 and its preceding spacecraft, known as the Suomi-NPP, obtain data on the winds and moisture in the upper atmosphere.

The JPSS-1 was designed and built by Ball Aerospace. Harris Corporation built the Cross-track Infrared Sounder.

Scott Asbury, program director at Ball Aerospace and formerly the JPSS-1 program manager, is among the roughly 10 Ball personnel who will be at the launch site, while about another 10 from Ball plan to be at the NASA satellite operations facility in Suitland, Md.

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A scheduled early morning launch of a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base was a no-go.

Cloud properties can be determined using simultaneous data collection and measurements from other instruments such as VIIRS to gain a better understanding of the role that clouds play in the energy cycle as well as in global climate change.

The launch is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 15, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The satellite, which measures 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) long and weighs 5,060 pounds (2,295 kilograms), won't be alone.

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today due to a red range and a late launch vehicle alarm.

The Delta II rocket has been the workhorse of ULA since it was first launched in February 1989.


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