Sun, Jan 25, 2009
Delta II Ready To Go On Vandenberg Pad
The launch of the NOAA-N Prime polar-orbiting weather satellite
for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
or NOAA, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is
scheduled for Wednesday, February 4.
Liftoff will be from Space Launch Complex 2, SLC-2, at
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The 10-minute launch window extends
from 2:22:01 - 2:32:01 am PST.
The NOAA-N Prime satellite, built for NASA by Lockheed Martin,
will improve weather forecasting and monitor environmental events
around the world. NOAA-N Prime is the fifth and last in the current
series of five polar-orbiting satellites with improved imaging and
The satellite will collect meteorological data and transmit the
information to NOAA's Satellite and Information Service, which
processes the data for input to the National Weather Service for
its long-range weather and climate forecasts. Forecasters worldwide
also will be able to access the satellite's images and data.
NOAA-N Prime has sensors that will be used in the Search and
Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System to monitor for distress
signals around the world.
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