Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

California launch of new United States weather satellite postponed

California launch of new United States weather satellite postponed

After billions of dollars in cost overruns and delays, NASA is planning to launch one of the most important weather satellites ever early Tuesday morning.

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.

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.

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

Ground crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California retracted a mobile gantry away from the Delta 2 rocket Monday afternoon, revealing the 128-foot-tall (39-meter) booster on its launch pad awaiting liftoff with a new polar-orbiting weather observatory.

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The launch of the Delta 2 rocket has been rescheduled for Wednesday, at 1:47 a.m. PST.

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft is checked out on October 8, 2015, at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. The first stage of the Delta II rocket arrived at Vandenberg's NASA Hangar 836 on April 4, 2016.

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.

"There was some discussion, short, brief discussions, but with our short window there wasn't enough time to outbrief that issue and come to resolution", NASA launch manager Omar Baez said in the Space.com report.

"The launch of JPSS-1 continues the strong, decades-long partnership between NOAA and NASA in developing state-of-the-art Earth observation satellites", said Sandra Smalley, director of NASA's Joint Agency Satellite Division.

Polar satellites like the JPSS-1, which orbit the globe from pole-to-pole 14 times a day, are considered the backbone of the global observing system. The CubeSat is the first of four planned as part of the JPSS series.

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