On Saturday, NASA sent the next-generation satellite. His main task is to track the planetary weather conditions in order to improve the quality of forecasting.
The United Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) is a joint project of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The launch was laid on the Delta-2 rocket, launched from the Vanderberg Air Force site (California). The satellite plans to perform 14 revolutions around the planet per day at an altitude of 824 km. This will ensure the formation of full coverage twice a day. This is the first device from the party of 4 NOAA environmental satellites. It represents an updated system for studying the environment and weather.
Holds modern tools that can measure atmospheric, marine and terrestrial conditions (from the heating of the sea surface layer to the intensity of hurricane activity).
Previously, two attempts were made to launch satellites, but they had to be canceled due to strong wind and technical problems.