Third and Final Burn Complete; Preps for P-POD Deployment

Release of the CubeSats from the P-POD deployers will begin in about 6.5 minutes. The CubeSats in the ELaNa XIV payload are: RadFxSat – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. EagleSat – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz. MiRaTA – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. MakerSat – Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho The Read full post

JPSS-1 Spacecraft Separation!

Flying 440 nautical miles over the Indian Ocean, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft has separated from the second stage of the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket that delivered it to orbit this morning. The next major milestone will be the third burn of the Delta II second stage - Read full post

A Look Back at Liftoff

NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The flight has proceeded smoothly and at this time, the vehicle is in a coast phase. Here's a look back at liftoff captured Read full post

Liftoff! JPSS-1 Bound for Polar Orbit

Booster ignition and liftoff! NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft is on its way into polar orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The vehicle is rising up and away from Space Launch Complex 2, its light piercing the darkened skies over California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Read full post