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NOAA-N Completes Flight Readiness Review

The satellite will assist in measuring proton and electron fluxes at orbit altitude, collecting data from remote platforms and will assist the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking system. Credit: Lockheed Martin
by Staff Writers
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Feb 02, 2009
The Flight Readiness Review for the Delta II and NOAA-N Prime spacecraft was successfully completed Jan. 29, with a countdown dress rehearsal conducted the following day. There are no issues or concerns to prevent final launch preparations, including loading the Delta II second stage with hypergolic propellants on Jan. 31.

One final milestone, the Launch Readiness Review, will be conducted on Feb. 2 to assure all is ready to start the launch countdown operations the following afternoon. The NOAA-N Prime polar orbiting weather satellite is enclosed in the Delta II payload fairing and is ready for launch.

The preliminary weather outlook for Feb. 4 has conditions forecast to be generally favorable for launch, but becoming less favorable the following day due to an approaching low pressure system.

NOAA-N Prime is the latest satellite in the Advanced Television Infrared Observational Satellites (ATN) -N series built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

NOAA-N Prime will provide a polar-orbiting platform to support environmental monitoring instruments for imaging and measuring the Earth's atmosphere, its surface and cloud cover, including Earth radiation, atmospheric ozone, aerosol distribution, sea surface temperature, and vertical temperature and water profiles in the troposphere and stratosphere.

The satellite will assist in measuring proton and electron fluxes at orbit altitude, collecting data from remote platforms and will assist the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking system.

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