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Boulder's Ball Aerospace, NOAA primed for polar-orbiting satellite launch has been seven years in the planning

But a bad reading on the first stage of satellite's United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, as well as boats in the safety zone, forced NASA to call off the launch just minutes before liftoff.

JPSS is a system of polar-orbiting satellites to be developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for weather forecasting, storm tracking and climate monitoring.

The weather satellite will have to wait at least 24 hours to begin its mission for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA after the attempted liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today was postponed to November 15, according to the JPSS-1 live blog run by NASA.

"We're pretty excited about the launch", said Joe Pica, director of the weather service's office of operations, who added the spacecraft is created to last about seven years.

Once the full system is in operation, JPSS will give meteorologists key weather information about hurricanes, floods, blizzards, and other extreme conditions. As Mitch Goldberg, the chief program scientist for JPSS at NASA told Space.com, meteorological catastrophes like hurricanes tend to originate far away from the places they affect. JPSS-1 will allow researchers to monitor changes in the atmosphere in Africa that could cause a hurricane off the coast of Florida, for example. Each will circle the globe 14 times a day, 50 minutes apart and provide full, global observations for USA weather prediction. "JPSS will continue this trend".

The launch of the Delta II rocket was scrubbed four minutes ahead of its scheduled liftoff at 1:47 a.m.

Ball also built one of the five instruments on the spacecraft, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite. The mission is a joint effort between NOAA and NASA. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems built the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder and the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument. The next launch attempt will be on Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 4:47 a.m. EST.

Assuming that JPSS-1 launches successfully on Tuesday and functions normally in orbit, the US will again have two working polar satellites at work at the same time.

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