Watch NASA Launch Its Shiny New JPSS-1 Weather Satellite


NOAA's new JPSS 1 weather satellite deployed from its Delta 2 launcher in an orbit more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) above Earth almost one hour after blasting off from California.

(Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, November 18, 2017) - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST.

The rocket also carried five "CubeSats" which will conduct research related to in-space manufacturing.

After two second-stage engine burns and coast phases, the JPSS-1 weather satellite is deployed into orbit.

Officials have said the mission costs, including launch and satellite, add up to $1.6 billion.

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"With such an active and extremely risky hurricane season we've recently encountered and the destructive wildfires we've seen around the planet, and particularly in California in the past year, JPSS-1 is arriving at just the right time", said Steve Volz, director of NOAA's Satellite and Information Service.

NASA and NOAA know that multi-day weather forecasts can be crucial to tracking hurricanes and their aftermath, and they're about to significantly boost the reliability of those forecasts.

JPSS-1's data should lead to improved storm forecasts as well as more accurate assessments of post-storm damage. It will help spot information about fires, oil spills, sea ice, floods, smoke and more. Harris Corporation built the Cross-track Infrared Sounder.

Global observations are critical because a small disturbance spotted in one area can hint of a hurricane a few days later. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards.