MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Delta II US carrier rocket with weather satellite JPSS-1 on board lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US state of California on Saturday.
The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is a new generation US polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, which will consist of four satellites, which will gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions, including sea and land surface temperatures, vegetation, clouds, rainfall, snow and ice cover, fire locations and smoke plumes, atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone.
While we're waiting for the #DeltaII second stage to restart, let's talk CubeSats!— NASA Kennedy / KSC (@NASAKennedy) 18 ноября 2017 г.
We have 3 P-PODs containing 5 CubeSats flying on this mission. They were selected by the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative and are collectively known as ELaNa XIV. Learn more: https://t.co/KgcfrNZ8IW pic.twitter.com/kMHxKLVYzX
The satellites will circle the Earth from pole-to-pole and cross the equator about 14 times daily in the afternoon orbit providing full global coverage twice a day. The system is expected to conduct observations of our pallet through 2038.
The live stream of the launch was aired on the NASA website.