Weather forecasters from the U.S. Air Force 30th Weather Squadron are predicting a 100 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled time for launch of Jason-3 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is targeted for the opening of a 30-second launch window at 10:42:18 a.m. PST – 1:42 EST – on Sunday, Jan. 17 from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A final Launch Readiness Review is scheduled to be held on Friday.
Jason-3 is an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surface. It will continue the ability to monitor and precisely measure global sea surface heights, monitor the intensification of tropical cyclones and support seasonal and coastal forecasts. Jason-3 data also will benefit fisheries management, marine industries and research into human impacts on the world’s oceans. The mission is planned to last at least three years, with a goal of five years.
Jason-3 is a four-agency international partnership consisting of NOAA, NASA, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France’s space agency, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. Thales Alenia of France built the spacecraft.
For more information on the Jason-3 mission, visit: www.nesdis.noaa.gov/jason-3