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

Atlas V 401

United Launch Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Weather Forecast During Launch


According to weather officials, there’s a 95% chance of favorable weather conditions at the time of the launch.

Mission


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

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
  • 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.

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

Location


Space Launch Complex 3E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 3E has witnessed the launch of 48 rockets, including 45 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 750 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 3E

Rocket


United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401

An Atlas V with a 4 meter diameter fairing, no boosters and a single centaur upper stage engine.

Atlas V 401

Agency


United Launch Alliance

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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