The new satellite will also deliver critical observations during severe weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards and is created to help improve forecasts three-to-seven days ahead of a severe weather event. Six instruments will collect information about the atmosphere, land, and oceans, measuring everything from temperature and moisture to ozone and vegetation.
Maue said that without data from polar satellites, "weather forecasts would noticeably suffer leading to more forecast busts, wayward hurricane tracks and more difficulty in preparing for severe weather". NOAA-20 and the polar-orbiting satellites, on the other hand, get a view of the entire planet and provide a large chunk of the data that are used in weather prediction models because they get a global view.
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The five next-generation instruments on JPSS will be a major upgrade from NOAA's legacy polar-orbiting satellites. Over longer timescales, this data will help improve our understanding of climate patterns that influence the weather, such as El Nino and La Nina.
Technical troubles scrubbed Tuesday's planned Delta II rocket launch of a new-generation of weather satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base minutes before blastoff.
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NASA launch manager Omar Baez confirmed that up until 4 minutes before liftoff, the only issue launch controllers were tracking were a few boats in the boat exclusion area off the coast near Vandenberg Air Force Base, but then one parameter on the first stage also went out of limits. Once it's operational, it will be renamed NOAA-20. 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 US the benefit of two, sophisticated polar satellites in the same orbit.
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