NOAA’s first advanced polar-orbiting satellite to be launched in November

Media teleconference to highlight how JPSS-1 will improve weather forecasts out to seven days
UPDATED: October 11, 2017. Audio from the JPSS-1 media teleconference is posted to the "resources" section below.
October 4, 2017 On Wed., Oct. 11, top officials from NOAA and NASA will preview the upcoming launch and mission of the Joint Polar Satellite System, JPSS-1, the first in a series of four advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites that will help improve the accuracy of weather forecasts out to seven days.
JPSS-1, the first in a series of NOAA's four next-generation polar-orbiting weather satellites, is scheduled to launch November 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled to launch on Nov. 10 at 1:47 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

JPSS will bring the latest and best technology NOAA has ever flown in a polar orbit to capture more precise observations of our 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.

Media teleconference on JPSS-1 followed by Q&A

Wed., Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. EDT


  • Ajay Mehta, acting deputy director for systems, NOAA's Satellite and Information Service
  • Dr. Louis Uccellini, director, NOAA’s National Weather Service
  • Greg Mandt, director, Joint Polar Satellite System
  • Sandra Smalley, director, NASA Joint Agency Satellite division

The event is for credentialed reporters only.
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