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NASA Introduces Next-Generation Weather Monitoring Satellite

On Saturday NASA introduced a next-generation satellite into space. The satellite is designed to monitor the weather of the world and to assist in improving the weather forecasts around the world.

The satellite launched is called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). It is a mutual collaboration between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA gives the weather reports and forecasts.

The satellite launch was planned at 1:47 am from the Vandenberg Air Force Base—California. It was launched on a rocket—United Launch Alliance Delta II.

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NASA informed that the satellite would be orbiting around the Earth fourteen times per day from one pole to the other at 824 kilometers (512 miles) above the planet. This orbital motion of the satellite would be providing the scientists complete global coverage two times daily.

It further reported that this satellite is the first one in series of the NOAA’s plan of launching four, next-level operational environmental satellites depicting significant progress in observations used for severe weather forecasts and environmental monitoring.

Four more satellites termed as CubeSats would also be launched on the same mission. They are a part of the NASA’s educational nano-satellite program.

NASA mentioned that the four satellites-CubeSats belong to four universities of the United States and would be set in orbit once the weather satellite gets installed.

There were two other attempts made for the launch, but they failed once because of the high winds and the second time because of some technical issues.

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