NASA and NOAA are aiming to lunch JPSS-2 on November 1st from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
The third satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System series, JPSS-2 will be renamed NOAA-21 once it successfully reaches orbit. It will continue the work of its predecessors in the series – NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP – collecting data from land, atmosphere, cryosphere, and ocean imagery to help inform weather and climate changes.
A recent thermal vacuum test revealed an issue with the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument which postponed the launch date from September 30th to November 1st. The issue was determined to be equipment movement caused by the temperature fluctuations during the test. After the issue was addressed, the system was been retested and performed excellently.
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