New weather satellite set to launch early Saturday

New weather satellite set to launch early Saturday”

A Delta II rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday morning launched a new era for collecting environmental data with an aim toward improving accuracy and timeliness for weather forecasts.

Readers can watch live, via the video feed above, starting at that time. After a first attempt on Tuesday was scrubbed due to a technical problem with the rocket, a second attempt on Wednesday was called off due to strong upper level winds causing unfavourable weather conditions.

NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite into space created to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts.

The spacecraft, which continues decades of collecting weather data from polar-orbiting satellites is created to operate for seven years, but officials hope it lasts longer.

The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the USA space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather reports and forecasts.

The JPSS satellites are expected to be operational through 2038.

JPSS-1 will launch into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

Launch Coverage Credentialed media covering launch should meet at the Vandenberg south gate parking lot no later than 12:15 a.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The JPSS program is a team effort between NASA and NOAA.

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