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JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2) & LOFTID

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Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 3E Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA Probability: 95%

JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and NASA. JPSS-2 is one of five satellites that will comprise the JPSS constellation. These spacecraft gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions, including sea and land surface temperatures, vegetation, clouds, rainfall, snow and ice cover, fire locations and smoke plumes, atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone. LOFTID is a tech demo for the inflatable heatshield technology. It will attempt to survive a reentry from orbit after JPSS 2 is separated. This test will validate the technology for various applications, such as landing large payloads on Mars and engine reuse on ULA’s Vulcan rocket.

Updates

SwGustav • Nov. 10, 2022, 11:05 a.m.

Successful deployment and health confirmation of JPSS 2; successful separation of LOFTID thus completing the launch vehicle's mission


Cosmic_Penguin • Nov. 10, 2022, 9:49 a.m.

Liftoff


SwGustav • Nov. 10, 2022, 9:49 a.m.

Liftoff


Atlas V 401

Family: Atlas
Configuration: 401

An Atlas V with a 4 meter diameter fairing, no boosters and a single centaur upper stage engine.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    58.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    4.2 m
  • Launch Mass
    590 T
  • Thrust
    3827 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas V 401
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    401
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas V 401
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $115000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    9050 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    4950 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    6670 kg

United Launch Alliance

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CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 160 Failures: 0 Pending: 46

Agency Type: Commercial

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

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