JPSS 1 weather satellite deploys from Delta 2 rocket


A rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base had to be canceled at the last minute early Tuesday morning.

Four small research satellites and an Australian nanosatellite piggybacked on today's United Launch Alliance Delta 2 launch and were successfully deployed as well.

This video shows the JPSS 1 spacecraft separating from the Delta rocket's second stage as seen from a camera on-board the rocket downlinked through a ground station in South Africa.

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

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The launch was rescheduled for November 14 but scrubbed just a few minutes before scheduled liftoff due to technical issues.

A joint project of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, JPSS-1 is created to provide readings for atmospheric temperature and moisture, clouds, sea surface temperature, ocean color, sea ice cover, volcanic ash and fire detection. "Polar satellite observations not only help us monitor and collect information about current weather systems, but they provide data to feed into our weather forecast models".

The rocket was originally scheduled for launch on November 10 but that was delayed because of a faulty battery on the rocket booster.

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