News briefings set for JPSS-1, America’s newest weather satellite
JPSS-1 is scheduled to launch on Nov. 14 at 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
JPSS will bring the latest and best technology NOAA has ever flown in a polar orbit to capture more precise observations of the atmosphere, land and waters. JPSS-1, which will be known as NOAA-20 when it reaches orbit, will join Suomi NPP, the joint NOAA-NASA weather satellite, giving the U.S. the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit. Each will circle the globe 14 times a day, 50 minutes apart and provide full, global observations for U.S. weather prediction. Forecasters will use the data to better predict weather events and hazards, such as a hurricane’s track, and when a hurricane will intensify or weaken, identify power outages and locate and evaluate damage after a storm.
Media can post questions during the briefings via Twitter, using the hashtag #askNASA.
Pre-launch News Briefings
On Nov. 12, NASA-TV will have live coverage of two pre-launch news briefings for JPSS-1 held at Vandenberg AFB:
Mission Overview Briefing – 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST)
- Steve Volz, director, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service
- Greg Mandt, director, Joint Polar Satellite System
- Sandra Smalley, director, Joint Agency Satellite Division, NASA Headquarters
- Omar Baez, NASA launch manager
- Scott Messer, program manager, United Launch Alliance
- Capt. Ross Malugani, launch weather officer, Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing
Science/User Briefing – 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST)
- Mitch Goldberg, chief program scientist, NOAA, JPSS
- Joe Pica, director, Office of Observations, NOAA’s National Weather Service
- James Gleason, senior project scientist, NASA Goddard, JPSS
- Jana Luis, division chief, predictive services, CAL FIRE, Sacramento Headquarters
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