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Polar-orbiting weather satellite joined up with Delta 2 rocket

Spaceflight Now, October 27, 2017: The first in NOAA’s new series of polar-orbiting weather satellites has been lifted atop United Launch Alliance’s second-to-last Delta 2 rocket on a launch pad in California, ready for encapsulation and final checkouts ahead of a predawn launch set for Nov. 10. “Since arriving at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sept. 1, the JPSS 1 team — NOAA, NASA, Ball, Harris, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman — has completed several critical milestones in preparation for launch,” said Rob Strain, president of Ball Aerospace. “The outstanding collaboration between industry and government partners will ensure a system that will help save lives and resources for many years to come.” Read Full Story.