The JPSS-1 satellite was successfully launched using a Delta II rocket on November 18. It was the first meteorological tool out of four to create a spacecraft system, which provides accurate weather forecasts for the next 20 years 7 days in advance.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will operate the system. The estimated lifetime of one satellite is 7 years.
JPSS-1 moves at the high of 824 kilometers in polar orbit. It makes 14 turns around the planet in 24 hours. In addition to weather forecasts, the device will explore the Earth, ocean and atmosphere.
The launch of the satellite was postponed several times, the last canceled date was November 15. However, Chinese meteorological satellite was launched on that day. It is called CZ-4C, or Long March 4C. In addition to weather forecasts, the Chinese satellite will deal with the mitigation of the consequences of natural disasters.
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