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Rocket launch from VAFB scrubbed; pushed to Wednesday morning

Rocket launch from VAFB scrubbed; pushed to Wednesday morning

A United Launch Alliance live tweet said that the Delta II rocket had just a 66-second window to launch JPSS-1 into the correct orbit.

JPSS-1, which will be known as NOAA-20 when it reaches polar orbit, will join the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP), a joint NOAA-NASA weather satellite, giving the US the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit.

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System 1 weather satellite stands atop its launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a rocket issue prevented a planned liftoff on November 14, 2017.

The delayed launch will take place early tomorrow morning at 4:47 A.M. EST.

Built by Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colorado, the satellite will pass over the equator about 14 times each day, covering the globe twice every 24 hours. Both the ULA Delta- II rocket and the JPSS-1 satellite were in a safe condition after the attempt the report added.

"It's always exciting to launch a satellite", Asbury said Friday.

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NASA launch manager Omar Baez confirmed that up until 4 minutes before liftoff, the only issue launch controllers were tracking were a few boats in the boat exclusion area off the coast near Vandenberg Air Force Base, but then one parameter on the first stage also went out of limits.

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today due to a red range and a late launch vehicle alarm. It will be mounted atop the first stage of the rocket, seen on the left, as preparations continue for the launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1.

According to, JPSS-1 is meant to build off the work of other NOAA satellites.

After it reaches orbit 512 miles above the Earth, JPSS-1 will be known as NOAA-20.

The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA that will oversee all the satellites in the series.

Assuming that JPSS-1 launches successfully on Tuesday and functions normally in orbit, the US will again have two working polar satellites at work at the same time.