The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) lifts off on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 1:47 a.m. PST on November 18, 2017. Image: Handout/NASA/AFP
NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite tv for pc into house designed to watch climate around the globe and badist enhance forecasts.
The satellite tv for pc, known as the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a three way partnership between the US house company and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which offers climate experiences and forecasts.
The satellite tv for pc was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as scheduled at 1:47 am (0947 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
It will orbit the Earth 14 occasions every day from one pole to the opposite at 512 miles (824 kilometers) above the planet, “providing scientists full global coverage twice a day,” NASA mentioned.
The satellite tv for pc “is the first in NOAA’s series of four, next-generation operational environmental satellites representing major advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring,” it mentioned.
JPSS-1 “carries a suite of advanced instruments designed to take global measurements of atmospheric, land and sea conditions, from sea surface temperatures, volcanic ash, hurricane intensity and many more.”
Four smaller satellites known as CubeSats, a part of NASA’s academic nano-satellite program, are to be launched on the identical mission.
The CubeSats belong to 4 US universities and might be set in orbit after the climate satellite tv for pc has been deployed, NASA mentioned.
Two earlier launch makes an attempt had been cancelled, as soon as because of excessive winds and one other because of technical issues. AB
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