NASA plans to launch JPSS-2 NOAA satellite in november

(ORDO NEWS) — NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have set November 1, 2022 as the new launch date for the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2).

During a recent test of the main unit, which is designed to collect images in the visible and infrared bands, the team found and fixed a problem, resulting in additional time required to complete tests in thermal vacuum.

During testing of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS, there was a problem with the test equipment.

The engineers determined that the problem was caused by movement of the test equipment caused by temperature fluctuations during the experiment. After modifying the test rig, the team retested the system and it showed excellent performance.

JPSS-2, the third satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System series, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

It will scan the globe, moving in orbit from the North to the South Pole, crossing the equator 14 times a day.

From an altitude of 824 kilometers above the Earth, it will collect the data needed for weather forecasting, extreme weather events and climate change. VIIRS collects images for global land, atmospheric, cryosphere and ocean observations.

NASA’s Low Earth Orbit Inflatable Moderator Flight Test (LOFTID) program will be launched as a secondary payload for JPSS-2. LOFTID is a demonstration of a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic moderator, or air jacket, technology that could one day help land humans on Mars.

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