The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, launched successfully on a Delta 2 rocket early today at at 5:48 a.m. EDT 09:48 GMT (or precisely at 2:48:01.828 a.m. PDT, according to NASA’s Twitter feed). The next generation satellite will measure both global climate changes and key weather variables, as well as test new technologies for future Earth observing satellites.
The spacecraft has also successfully separated and is now in orbit. The separation video is below.
For more information about NPP, see the NPP website, or read our mission preview article.
One Reply to “NASA’s New Climate and Weather Satellite Launches”
Nice Job ULA, Delta II goes out on top!
Not so nice that NASA doesn’t have a replacement ride for this size mission.
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