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Prelaunch Update for NOAA’s JPSS-2 Weather Satellite and LOFTID NASA Tech Demo (Media Briefing)

Get a prelaunch update for the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2, or JPSS-2, set to launch Nov. 6 at 5:50 a.m. EST (1050 UTC) aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Participants include: • Tim Walsh, director, NOAA’s JPSS Program Office, NOAA • John Gagosian, director, NASA’s Joint Agency Satellite Division • Irene Parker, deputy assistant administrator, NOAA Systems, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Services • Omar Baez, launch director, NASA’s Launch Services Program • Gary Wentz, vice president, Government and Commercial Programs, ULA • Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate • Capt. Zack Zounes, launch weather officer, U.S. Space Force JPSS-2 is a new generation polar-orbiting satellite system that will help improve weather forecasts and predict extreme weather events. Also aboard the Atlas V rocket will be the secondary payload, NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID). #LOFTID will demonstrate inflatable heat shield technology for atmospheric entry and re-entry. This technology could enable a variety of proposed NASA missions to destinations such as Mars, Venus, and Titan, as well as returning heavier payloads from low-Earth orbit. More on NASA climate science missions: https://nasa.gov/climate For more about the LOFTID inflatable heat shield test, visit: https://nasa.gov/loftid Credit: NASA #NASA #JPSS2 #Weather
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