The 3rd time was a charm for @NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1)! It lifted off on a @Ulalaunch Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:47 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Approximately 63 minutes after launch, the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power and was on its own orbit.
JPSS-1 is equipped with five instruments, each of which is significantly upgraded from the instruments on NOAA’s previous polar-orbiting satellites. The more-detailed observations provided by JPSS-1 will allow forecasters to make more accurate predictions. JPSS-1 data will also improve recognition of climate patterns that influence the weather, such as El Nino and La Nina.
The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA.
Footage from the launch of the Delta II rocket that carried the first satellite of the Joint Polar Satellite System into space last night. -
Official release: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying a NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite was successfully launched from Space Launch Complex-2 here Saturday, Nov.
18, at 1:47 a.m. PST.
What I love about the way NASA presents it’s exhibits, is that it works in three stages. There’s a talk or video, to give you background information, then a demonstration to help put yourself in a different frame of mind, then the reveal. These are the ACTUAL machines that launched Apollo 7; the first manned Apollo flight after the Apollo 1 disaster. TV screens follow the lights, switches and dials in real time. Screens are alive and reporting information to the controllers as they would have in 1967. You hear the communications between controllers and astronauts, spotlights give focus to the seats where the transmissions are coming from, the windows rattle, and then, the reveal. An Apollo rocket on it’s side in all her glory. .