"The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, now is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. "Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2 is targeted for 4:47 a.m. EST (1:47 a.m. PST). Launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency's website at 4:15 a.m.
"JPSS represents significant technological and scientific advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA. The JPSS system will help increase weather forecast accuracy from three to seven days." "NASA TV live launch coverage will begin at 4:15 a.m. EST on Nov. 14 and conclude after the CubeSat deployment. There is no planned post-launch news conference. A post-launch news release will be issued as soon as the state-of-health of the spacecraft can be verified."
TBD: SpaceX Zuma Launch
The private spaceflight company SpaceX aims to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the secret Zuma payload for the U.S. government in a mission that will lift off from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is set for some time between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST (0100-0300 GMT), but the launch date is uncertain.
Little is known about the Zuma mission other than the payload will be used by the U.S. goverment and is destined for a low-Earth orbit, rather than geosynchronous orbit. Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman arranged the Zuma launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 for the U.S. government.
This mission will mark SpaceX's third classified launch of 2017. The company launched its first classifed payload in May (a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office) and followed up in September with the launch of a U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane on its classified OTV-5 mission.
"SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the Zuma spacecraft to low-Earth orbit. SpaceX is targeting launch of the Zuma spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The two-hour primary launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 16, or 1:00 UTC on Friday, November 17.
"A backup two-hour launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 17, or 1:00 UTC on Saturday, November 18. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida."