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NASA Launches NOAA Weather Satellite to Improve Forecasts

Early on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 18, NASA successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of...

Liftoff! NOAA's JPSS-1 Launches atop a Delta II Rocket on Nov. 18

The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying NOAA's Joint Polar Sat...

Delta II JPSS-1 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA lifts off from Space Launch Complex-2.

JPSS 1 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 1)

Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 2W Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA Probability: 100%

From a 512-mile orbit, tilted 98.7 degrees to the equator and traveling pole-to-pole, the craft will provide imagery, atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles, and land and ocean surface temperature observations, all of which are key ingredients for weather forecasting. In addition, the satellite will measure ozone levels and reflected solar radiation from the planet.JPSS 1 will survey the entire globe twice per day with five sensor packages.The satellite will replace the existing Suomi NPP spacecraft that launched in 2011 for a five-year mission as a gapfiller between NOAA’s legacy weather satellite constellation and the new JPSS generation.

Delta II

Family: Delta
Configuration: 7920-10

Delta II is an American space launch system developed by McDonnell Douglas, now part of the Delta rocket family operated by United Launch Alliance. With more than 150 missions and a nearly perfect track record, Delta II has established itself as one of the most successful orbital launch systems.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    38.7 m
  • Diameter
    2.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    251 T
  • Thrust
Family
  • Name
    Delta II
  • Family
    Delta
  • Variant
    7920-10
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Delta II 7920-10
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $$51
  • Low Earth Orbit
    5959 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    1828 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    3017 kg

United Launch Alliance

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CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 246 Failures: 3 Pending: 17

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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