Saturday, 18 November, 2017

New weather satellite will help with natural disasters, local forecasts

Boulder's Ball Aerospace, NOAA primed for polar-orbiting satellite launch has been seven years in the planning The most important weather satellite you've never heard of launches to space Tuesday
Howard Terry | 15 November, 2017, 00:47

While a geostationary satellite stays in one spot and frequently sends forecasters a picture of what's happening on earth, a polar satellite, like JPSS-1, zooms around and sends more detailed snapshots, just twice a day.

JPSS-1, which will be known as NOAA-20 when it reaches polar orbit, will join the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP), a joint NOAA-NASA weather satellite, giving the US the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit. The mission is a joint effort between NOAA and NASA.

Scott Asbury, program director at Ball Aerospace and formerly the JPSS-1 program manager, is among the roughly 10 Ball personnel who will be at the launch site, while about another 10 from Ball plan to be at the NASA satellite operations facility in Suitland, Md. "We are proud to contribute to NOAA's continued leadership in critical weather forecasting throughout the entire JPSS series".

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft is checked out on October 8, 2015, at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. Harris Corporation built the Cross-track Infrared Sounder. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.

The satellite is slated to launch aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 4:47 a.m. ET Tuesday.

The next launch attempt will be on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 4:47 a.m. EST according to NASA's live blog of the launch.

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.

JPSS will bring the latest and best technology NOAA has ever flown in a polar orbit to capture more precise observations of our atmosphere, land and waters.

According to the NOAA press report, "JPSS-1, which will be known as NOAA-20 when it reaches polar orbit, will join the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP), a joint NOAA-NASA weather satellite, giving the US the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit".

The event is for credentialed reporters only.

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