Launch of Idaho's first satellite postponed

Scott Asbury, program director at Ball Aerospace and formerly the JPSS-1 program manager, is among the roughly 10 Ball personnel who will be at the launch site, while about another 10 from Ball plan to be at the NASA satellite operations facility in Suitland, Md.

The launch of the first of four state-of-the-art polar orbiters for the Joint Polar Satellite System was scrubbed on Tuesday, and has been rescheduled for Wednesday morning.

The weather satellite will have to wait at least 24 hours to begin its mission for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA after the attempted liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today was postponed to November 15, according to the JPSS-1 live blog run by NASA.

"The new JPSS satellite will join GOES-16 as we are confronting one of the most tragic hurricane seasons in the past decade", said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

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The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, satellite - which will be invaluable for improving forecasting, detecting lost sailors, aiding firefighters, and other applications - is expected to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 a.m. PT, or 4:47 a.m. ET, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. "The rocket is in a safe condition, the spacecraft, JPSS-1, is in a safe condition". Each will circle the globe 14 times a day, 50 minutes apart and provide full, global observations for US weather prediction. "After it successfully clears the on-orbit test phase, NOAA-20 will become the nation's primary polar weather satellite and Suomi NPP will become its back up". "JPSS will continue this trend".

The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA that will oversee all the satellites in the series. The mission is a joint effort between NOAA and NASA. Instruments on board were designed by Ball, along with Raytheon, Harris and Northrop Grumman.

This illustration depicts the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, spacecraft created to provide forecasters with crucial environmental science data to provide a better understanding of changes in the Earth's weather, oceans and climate.

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