Rocket Issue Delays Launch of Advanced New JPSS-1 Weather Satellite


The satellite, called JPSS-1, will provide meteorologists with a variety of observations, such as atmospheric temperature and moisture, sea-surface temperature, ocean color, sea ice cover, volcanic ash and fire detection.

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.

"Having more accurate data in those data-void regions and just more data in general that can be ingested in those meteorological models that we use me, as an operational forecaster, it can make those models more accurate because you have more reliable data", John Goff, lead meteorologist at the Burlington National Weather Service.

NASA says the rocket had only a 66-second launch window. "We are proud to contribute to NOAA's continued leadership in critical weather forecasting throughout the entire JPSS series".

Ball also built one of the five instruments on the spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite. Raytheon Corporation built the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite and the Common Ground System. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.

The launch will take place at 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California. Shortly after the postponement was revealed, Omar Baez Jr., a NASA senior launch director, confirmed that the plan was to retry the launch again at 1:47 a.m. Wednesday.

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 launch of the first of NOAA's planned four Joint Polar Satellite System, or JPSS-1, was scrubbed early this morning due to a combination of wayward boats that had crossed into restricted space as well as a couple of positions that reported technical "no go" s during the countdown and system checks.

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