NASA launching JPSS-1 weather satellite

Boulder's Ball Aerospace, NOAA primed for polar-orbiting satellite launch has been seven years in the planning

Boulder's Ball Aerospace, NOAA primed for polar-orbiting satellite launch has been seven years in the planning

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System 1 weather satellite stands atop its launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a rocket issue prevented a planned liftoff on November 14, 2017. Both the ULA Delta- II rocket and the JPSS-1 satellite were in a safe condition after the attempt the Space.com report added.

The rocket is set to carry a small CubeSat - an advanced polar-orbiting environmental, or weather, satellite - into orbit as part of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) mission, a collaborative effort between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 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.

The satellite will have the ability to provide scientists, researchers, and meteorologists with the data necessary to predict severe weather up to seven days ahead of time.

"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. "JPSS will continue this trend".

With JPSS-1, the threat of a "satellite gap" due to aging satellite fleet should be allayed. JPSS-1, which will be known as NOAA-20 when it reaches orbit, will join Suomi NPP, the joint NOAA-NASA weather satellite, giving the USA the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit.

The CrIS instrument is the first in a series of newly advanced sounders that will make more detailed, accurate records of atmospheric temperature and moisture levels, which should allow for superior weather forecasting models.

The United Launch Alliance rocket was slated to lift off from the base at 1:47 a.m. If the launch is successful, the satellite will be fully functional in about three to six months, Pica said.

Ball also built one of the five instruments on the spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.

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