Tuesday's launch window, which will be the same on Wednesday, was just 66 seconds.
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.
The weather satellite will have to wait at least 24 hours to begin its mission for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA after the attempted liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today was postponed to November 15, according to the JPSS-1 live blog run by NASA. The Launch Configuration Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) measures the electromagnetic emissions and subjects it to expected electromagnetic radiation that the satellite would experience at the launch site.
NASA cancelled this morning's launch of the Delta 2 rocket that was meant to propel the satellite JPSS-1 into space. JPSS 1 will go into orbit around 500 miles (800 kilometers) high and use five instruments to measure temperature and humidity in the atmosphere, solar radiation reflected off the Earth, ozone health, and other key data to aid weather forecasters.
A scheduled early morning launch of a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base was a no-go.
Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance booster aimed for 1:47 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-2.
The new satellite will also deliver critical observations during severe weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards and is created to help improve forecasts three-to-seven days ahead of a severe weather event. It will be mounted atop the first stage of the rocket, seen on the left, as preparations continue for the launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1. The mission is a joint effort between NOAA and NASA. This interagency effort (JPSS) is the latest generation of US polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites.
The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA that will oversee all the satellites in the series.
The satellite is slated to launch aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 4:47 a.m. ET Tuesday.