Rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB set for launch

November 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California shows the gantry rolling back at Space Launch Complex 2 in preparation for the liftoff of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 or JPSS-1 spacecraft

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.

The spacecraft, which continues decades of collecting weather data from polar-orbiting satellites is created to operate for seven years, but officials hope it lasts longer.

Two previous launch attempts had been canceled, once due to high winds and another due to technical problems.

The rocket will be carrying a satellite gathering data about the earth's atmosphere, land and oceans for NASA and the NOAA. JPSS delivers key observations for the Nation's essential products and services, including forecasting severe weather like hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards days in advance, and assessing environmental hazards such as droughts, forest fires, poor air quality and harmful coastal waters.

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The Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of polar-orbiting satellites, took off from Space Launch Complex 2 at 1:47 a.m., according to NASA.

Launch Coverage Credentialed media covering launch should meet at the Vandenberg south gate parking lot no later than 12:15 a.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 18.

JPSS-1, to be renamed NOAA-20, will undergo a 3-month checkout period in space before becoming operational some 512 miles above Earth, officials said.

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