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JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2) & LOFTID

Atlas V 401

United Launch Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Mission

JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2) & LOFTID

Type: Earth Science
Launch Cost: $115,000,000

JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and NASA. JPSS-2 is one of five satellites that will comprise the JPSS constellation. These spacecraft 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.

LOFTID is a tech demo for the inflatable heatshield technology. It will attempt to survive a reentry from orbit after JPSS 2 is separated. This test will validate the technology for various applications, such as landing large payloads on Mars and engine reuse on ULA’s Vulcan rocket.

Mission patch for JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2) & LOFTID

Location

Space Launch Complex 3E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

707 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 3E, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 401 – United Launch Alliance

Family: Atlas
Length: 58.3 m
Diameter: 3.8 m
Launch Mass: 590 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 9050 kg

The Atlas V 401 was manufactured by United Launch Alliance with the first launch on 2002-08-21. Atlas V 401 has 41 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 41 launches. An Atlas V with a 4 meter diameter fairing, no boosters and a single centaur upper stage engine.

Agency

United Launch Alliance

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: ULA
Administration: CEO: Tory Bruno
Founded: 2006
Launchers: Atlas | Delta IV | Vulcan
Spacecraft: CST-100 Starliner
Country: USA

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

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FRANK KOWAL
FRANK KOWAL
1 month ago

This is such an exciting time with the space force Restarting the space program could be valuable in ways we don’t even know about yet. That’s what’s so exciting about it the endless possibilities from the information gained is unknown. It’s not only intriguing but exciting to step into the… Read more »

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  FRANK KOWAL
1 month ago

Hear , hear Frank,
the future has just begun,
from us Aussies (down under).

Ken & Judy
Ken & Judy
26 days ago

Great launch folks.!.