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Launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 slips 24 hours

14 Nov 2017, 13:53 UTC
Launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 slips 24 hours
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The launch of the first of NOAA’s planned four Joint Polar Satellite System, or JPSS-1, was scrubbed early this morning due to a combination of wayward boats that had crossed into restricted space as well as a couple of positions that reported technical “no go”s during the countdown and check systems. One of these technical issues included a first stage parameter alarm that was triggered just seconds before the end of the planned four minute hold was set to expire and the launch window was to open.
Given the very short 66 second launch window, there wasn’t enough time to work and solve the problems, so there was no other option but to scrub the launch and reset with a twenty-four hour recycle.
The new estimated reset launch window opens tomorrow morning at 1:47 a.m. PST, with the same 66 second window.
JPSS-1 is planned to be placed into a non-geosynchronous polar orbit that will allow for a nearly complete coverage of the entire Earth’s surfaces twice in each 24-hour period with state of the art instruments that are expected to aid meteorologists and other scientists and researchers to better predict severe weather phenomena such as hurricanes ...

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