The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite, or JPSS-1, was set to launch into a polar orbit around Earth at 4:47 a.m. EST (0947 GMT) to begin measuring atmospheric temperature, moisture, ozone levels, vegetation and rainfall across the globe with five advanced instruments.
The new satellite will be the most advanced polar-orbiting weather platform the US has yet put to use, NOAA officials said, since it will carry upgraded instruments able to gather more weather information than ever before. "JPSS will continue this trend", he added.
"Having more accurate data in those data-void regions and just more data in general that can be ingested in those meteorological models that we use me, as an operational forecaster, it can make those models more accurate because you have more reliable data", John Goff, lead meteorologist at the Burlington National Weather Service. Both the ULA Delta- II rocket and the JPSS-1 satellite were in a safe condition after the attempt the Space.com report added.
"The United States will have two of the newest generation of technology - geostationary and polar satellites - up at the same time". The CubeSat is the first of four planned as part of the JPSS series. NOAA funds and manages the program, operations and data products.
The satellite is slated to launch aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 4:47 a.m. ET Tuesday. The delay was due to the detection of boats within the safety zone of the launch at the last minute, as well as a "bad reading" on one of the rockets to which the satellite was attached with "insufficient time to fully coordinate a resolution" according to Space.com and NASA.
The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft is checked out on October 8, 2015, at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado.
According to Space.com, JPSS-1 is meant to build off the work of other NOAA satellites. This interagency effort (JPSS) is the latest generation of US polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.
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