NASA and NOAA invite the media to the launch of a weather satellite in polar orbit


WASHINGTON , September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NASA is accepting media requests for coverage of the launch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2). It is the third satellite in the JPSS series, which will capture data to improve weather forecasting, helping scientists predict and prepare for extreme weather events and climate change.

NASA and NOAA aim November, 1st for the launch of JPSS-2 on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Live coverage of the launch will be broadcast on NASA television and the Nasa app. Watch live on the agency’s website at:

U.S. and international media interested in attending this launch should apply no later than 5 p.m. EDT ThursdaySeptember 15. Media accreditation requests should be submitted to:

A NASA copy media accreditation policy is available online. For questions regarding accreditation, please email: [email protected]. For other questions about the mission, please contact the Kennedy Press Room: 321-867-2468.

To obtain information about cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea solicitar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Antonia Jaramillo at: [email protected] or 321-501-8425.

JPSS-2, which will be renamed NOAA-21 after reaching orbit, will join a constellation of JPSS satellites that orbit from the North Pole to the South Pole, circling the Earth 14 times a day and providing a comprehensive view of the entire globe. twice a day. The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite and NOAA-20, formerly known as JPSS-1, are both already in orbit. Each satellite carries at least four advanced instruments to measure weather and climate conditions on Earth.

Data from JPSS satellites feeds numerical weather prediction models and observes weather events including precipitation, snow, hurricanes, and environmental hazards such as wildfires and volcanic activity. These observations, which are essential for long-range forecasts, help people prepare for extreme weather events, such as severe storms. JPSS satellites also monitor our oceans, measuring sea surface temperature and tracking sea ice and harmful algal blooms. They also provide important climate data on ozone and atmospheric temperature.

Launch with JPSS-2 is a secondary payload, the Flight test in low earth orbit of an inflatable decelerator (LOFTID). LOFTID is a partnership between NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and ULA. It will demonstrate inflatable heat shield technology that uses aerodynamic drag to slow spacecraft in the most mass-efficient way. This technology could enable a variety of NASA-proposed missions to destinations such as Mars, Venus and Titan, as well as the return of heavier payloads from low Earth orbit. The Centaur – the second stage of the Atlas V rocket – will take JPSS-2 into orbit, perform a de-orbit burnup, and place the LOFTID re-entry vehicle on a spin-stabilized trajectory to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. LOFTID will then inflate and separate from Centaur, where the re-entry vehicle is targeted for landing and recovery in the Pacific Ocean.

Together, NASA and NOAA partner in the development, launch, testing, and operation of all satellites in the JPSS program. NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy is managing the launch. NOAA funds and manages the program, operations, and data products. On behalf of NOAA, NASA develops and builds the instruments, spacecraft and ground system and launches the satellites, which NOAA operates. With this reliable national asset in place to provide critical data, NOAA and NASA can innovate the next generation of Earth observation satellites, including NOAA’s next constellation of operational low Earth orbit satellites.

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