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New weather satellite promises quantum leap in forecasting

USA TODAY, November 13, 2017: Polar satellites like the JPSS-1, which orbit the globe from pole-to-pole 14 times a day, are considered the backbone of the global observing system. According to the National Weather Service, 85% of the data flowing into their weather forecast models come from polar-orbiting satellites like the one that will launch Tuesday. "We're pretty excited about the launch," said Joe Pica, director of the weather service's office of operations, who added the spacecraft is designed to last about seven years. Several duplicate satellites are in the pipeline in the decades ahead, he said. Read Full Story.