Vandenberg AFB rocket launch delayed

The JPSS 1 satellite, closed inside a transport container, arrived at the Delta 2 launch pad at Vandenberg on October 24 after being fueled and prepared for flight at a nearby processing facility.

The rocket will be carrying a Joint Polar Satellite System-1 polar-orbiting environmental satellite for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A Delta II rocket is slated to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday, marking the second launch from the base in an 11-day span. "The vehicle and spacecraft remain stable".

This mission, a cooperative effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio and NASA, is the latest polar-orbiting weather satellite to launch from Vandenberg.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1), scheduled to launch November 10, will carry an advanced Harris Corporation environmental measurement instrument to improve US weather forecasting. The launch window extends for approximately one minute, and the time remains fixed each day.

ULA officials blamed a faulty battery for the postponement.

A faulty battery also was to blame for the delay of an Atlas V rocket launch from Vandenberg in September.

The launch will mark the penultimate flight of a Delta 2 rocket, which entered service in 1989 and has launched numerous military, commercial and scientific missions with 151 successful flights to date.

CrIS is a hyperspectral sounder that takes specific measurements of Earth's atmosphere in more detail than older instruments. "These data are critical to the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event". That launch carried 10 Earth-imaging satellites into orbit for Planet Labs.

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