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Delta II US Carrier Rocket With New Generation Satellite Lifts Off

Delta II US Carrier Rocket With New Generation Satellite Lifts Off

The Delta II US carrier rocket with weather satellite JPSS-1 on board lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US state of California on Saturday. JPSS-1 is part of an orbiting constellation that will monitor weather conditions, improve forecasting and surveil major storm damage across the Earth using cameras and sensors.

But it was clear sailing the third time around and the 128-foot-tall half-million-pound Delta 2 put on a spectacular show as it shot into the deep overnight sky trailing a long jet of brilliant flame and churning exhaust.

The Delta 2 rode almost 800,000 pounds of thrust from six ground-lit solid rocket boosters and an RS-27A main engine.

Six solid-fuel strap-on boosters burned out and fell away as expected about a minute and a half after launch, followed a few moments later by three that were ignited in flight.

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After two second-stage engine burns and coast phases, the JPSS-1 weather satellite is deployed into orbit.

The JPSS is a new-generation U.S. polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system.

In addition to the satellite, JPSS-1 also carries other four, who will study interactions of cosmic substances.

The rocket will be carrying a satellite gathering data about the earth's atmosphere, land and oceans for NASA and the NOAA.


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