NASA launching JPSS-1 weather satellite

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

On Wed., Oct. 11, top officials from NOAA and NASA will preview the upcoming launch and mission of the Joint Polar Satellite System, JPSS-1, the first in a series of four advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites that will help improve the accuracy of weather forecasts out to seven days. 14 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, had to be delayed due to a rocket issue.

JPSS-1 is planned to be placed into a non-geosynchronous polar orbit that will allow for a almost complete coverage of the entire Earth's surfaces twice in each 24-hour period with state-of-the-art instruments that are expected to aid meteorologists and other scientists and researchers to better predict severe weather phenomena such as hurricanes up to seven days ahead of the incident.

"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. It can also study power outages in addition to locating and evaluating damage following a storm, according to report by the NOAA.

The Delta II rocket's window to launch JPSS-1 into the correct orbit was just over a minute long.

This is the second time the launch has been pushed back. Both the ULA Delta- II rocket and the JPSS-1 satellite were in a safe condition after the attempt the Space.com report added.

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.

6 On Your Side's Michelle Edmonds was at Vandenberg Air Force Base when the launch was scrubbed.

This illustration depicts the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft created to provide forecasters with crucial environmental science data to provide a better understanding of changes in the Earth's weather, oceans and climate. Each will circle the globe 14 times a day, 50 minutes apart and provide full, global observations for USA weather prediction.

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