Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New US Weather Satellite Launched from California

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New US Weather Satellite Launched from California

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. * An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California.

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:47 a.m. St. Louis time Saturday atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket.

The satellite is the first of four next-generation spacecraft for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

About 63 minutes after liftoff, the JPSS-1 satellite had deployed its solar arrays and was running on its own power, NASA reported. It will be operational in three months, after its instruments have been tested, NASA said.

Unlike geostationary satellites, which stay in a fixed position above Earth, the JPSS satellites will be in a north-south orbit above both poles as the planet spins beneath. …

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