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Delta II Poised to Launch OSTM from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:54 pm
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(ULA) – A United Launch Alliance Delta II vehicle will launch the Ocean Surface Topography Mission on the Jason-2 satellite (OSTM/Jason-2) for NASA from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on June 20 at 12:46 a.m. PDT. If the launch slips, the next launch attempt is set for June 21, 12:34 a.m. PDT.

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission is a joint effort by four organizations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation (EUMETSAT) to measure sea surface height by using a radar altimeter mounted on a low-earth orbiting satellite called Jason-2.

This satellite altimetry mission provides sea surface heights for determining ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise and have been instrumental in meeting NOAA’s operational need for sea surface height measurements necessary for ocean modeling, forecasting El Niño/La Niña events and hurricane intensity prediction. The Jason-2 spacecraft and its OSTM instruments will scan 95 percent of the world’s ice free oceans.

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