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Weather Forecast: 100 Percent ‘Go’
Posted on January 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm by Steven Siceloff.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/jason-3/2016/01/14/weather-forecast-100-percent-go/

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January 14, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M01-16

NOAA’s Jason-3 Spacecraft Ready for Launch


The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surfaces, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.  Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 4 East is targeted for 10:42:18 a.m. PST (1:42:18 p.m. EST) at the opening of a 30-second launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on the Western Range on Jan. 18 at 10:31:04 a.m. PST (1:31:04 p.m. EST).

Jason-3 will maintain the ability to monitor and precisely measure global sea surface heights, monitor the intensification of tropical cyclones and support seasonal and coastal forecasts. Data from Jason-3 will support scientific, commercial and practical applications related to ocean circulation and climate change.  Additionally, Jason-3 data will be applied to fisheries management, marine industries and research into human impacts on the world’s oceans.

The mission is planned to last at least three years with a goal of five years.

Jason-3 is a four-agency international partnership consisting of NOAA, NASA, the French Space Agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), and EUMETSAT (the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites). Thales Alenia of France built the spacecraft.

NOAA in collaboration with the international European partners is responsible for the Jason-3 mission. JPL is responsible for NASA Jason-3 project management. NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida provides launch management. SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, is NASA’s launch service provider of the Falcon 9 rocket.

ACCREDITATION

The deadline for media accreditation has passed.       

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE/JASON-3 MISSION SCIENCE BRIEFING

Friday, Jan 15:  The Jason-3 Mission Science Briefing and prelaunch news conference will be held starting at 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) in the main hangar of Building 836 at the NASA Vandenberg Resident Office, Vandenberg Air Force Base. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on NASA.gov.

Media desiring to cover the event should meet at the south gate of Vandenberg on California State Road 246 at 3:30 p.m. to be escorted by 30th Space Wing Public Affairs to the news conference.

Participants in the Jason-3 Mission Science Briefing will be:

Laury Miller, Jason-3 program scientist and chief
 NOAA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry

 Josh Willis, Jason-3 project scientist
 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Marc Cohen, associate director and chief of Low Earth Orbit Programmes EUMETSAT

Sophie Coutin Faye, chief, Altimetry and Precise Positioning Office CNES

For access to the dial-in question-and-answer capability, news media should call 805-605-3051 within 15 minutes of the planned start of the briefings. Media also can post questions during the briefing via Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE

Following the Jason-3 Mission Science Briefing, or at approximately 4:45 p.m., a prelaunch news conference will be held. Participants in the briefing will be:

Jim Silva, Jason-3 program manager
 NOAA, Washington, D.C.

Sandra Smalley, director, Science Mission Directorate Joint Agency Satellite Division
 NASA Headquarters, Washington

Tim Dunn, NASA launch manager
 Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of Mission Assurance, SpaceX
 Hawthorne, California

Parag Vaze, Jason-3 project manager
 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California

Lt. Joseph Round, launch weather officer, 30th Operations Support Squadron
 Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

REMOTE CAMERAS                                                                 

Saturday, Jan. 16:  Media desiring to establish sound-activated remote cameras at the launch pad should meet at the Vandenberg south gate on California State Road 246 at 1:15 p.m. to be escorted to Space Launch Complex 4 East.

Those wishing to attend remote camera set ups should confirm their participation with Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson in the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office at 805-606-3595 not later than Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

NEWS MEDIA LAUNCH PAD PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Saturday, Jan. 16: There will be an opportunity for news media to photograph the Falcon 9 with Jason-3 at the launch pad. News media should be at the Vandenberg south gate on California State Road 246 at 1:15 p.m. in preparation for going to Space Launch Complex 4 East. Those wishing to attend the launch pad photo opportunity should confirm their participation with Capt. Selena Rodts in the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office at 805-606-3595 not later than Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. 

LAUNCH DAY MEDIA COVERAGE

Sunday, Jan. 17:  Media covering the Jason-3 launch aboard the Falcon 9 rocket should meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Vandenberg main gate located on California State Road 1 to be escorted to the press viewing site on north Vandenberg. Press credentials and identification from a bona fide news organization will be required for access. A driver's license alone will not be sufficient.

For photographers, the launch azimuth after liftoff will be 142.8 degrees.

After launch, media will be escorted back to the main gate.  A post-launch news conference will not be held.

NASA TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASA Television will carry the prelaunch news conference starting at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) on Friday, Jan. 15. The prelaunch news conference also will be webcast at:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

On launch day, Jan. 17, NASA TV launch commentary coverage of the countdown will begin at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST).  Launch is targeted for 10:42:18 a.m. PST (1:42:18 p.m. EST).  The launch window is 30 seconds in duration. Spacecraft separation from the rocket occurs 55 minutes after launch.

For information on receiving NASA TV, go to:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

VOICE CIRCUIT COVERAGE

Audio only of the press conference activities and the launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST).


NASA Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage

For extensive prelaunch, countdown and launch day coverage of the liftoff, including the prelaunch webcast of Jason-3 aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, go to:

http://blogs.nasa.gov/Jason3

Social Media

Throughout the launch countdown, the NASA Launch Services Program and NASA JPL Twitter and Facebook accounts will be continuously updated at:

 https://www.twitter.com/NASALSP 

https://twitter.com/NASAKennedy

https://twitter.com/NASAJPL

https://www.facebook.com/NASALSP

https://www.facebook.com/NASAJPL

https://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy

Live countdown coverage on NASA’s launch blog begins at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST).  Coverage features real-time updates of countdown milestones, as well as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and liftoff.
 
NASA JASON-3 AND FALCON 9 NEWS CENTER

The Jason-3 and Falcon 9 News Center at the NASA Vandenberg Resident Office will open Monday, Jan. 11. To speak with a NASA communications specialist, call 805-605-3051 beginning at that time.  A recorded launch status report also will be available by dialing 805-734-2693.

For more information about the Jason-3 mission, visit:

http://nesdis.noaa.gov/jason-3/

Offline Chris Bergin

Just a note that this will become the launch day thread (because we have the relief valves of the discussion and party threads allowing these update threads to be just that).

Waiting for LRR competition - because it's a LSP bird news is being turned around pretty fast, so we'll get to hear about that real soon.

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NASA LSP:

Launch Readiness Review complete.

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Press conference has started.
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Hans said that they are not landing on land because the environmental assessment has not yet been approved for that site.
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They will try to give live landing coverage but they are not sure that they can do that from the ocean.
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Launch is to be a two burn profile. Insertion into a slightly elliptical parking orbit and then circularization at the 1300-ish km apogee after a coast. 2nd stage to deorbit afterwards.

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Here is the chart that Hans showed during the presser for the landing:

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New images of Jason 3 rollout on SpaceX Flickr
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Reminder:

A few hours before launch the YouTube 'SpaceXChannel' puts up a link to their Web Event. This is also a Livestream mirror, but with high bandwidth and (so far) fewer viewers. Our go-to if Livestream stutters.
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Pre-launch press conference:

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Getting to know Jason-3:


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Rocket is vertical in advance of tomorrow's 1:42pm ET launch attempt of Jason-3 science satellite @NASA @NOAA @CNES

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/688472805919207424

Edit: Added flickr images
« Last Edit: 01/16/2016 08:37 PM by Ohsin »
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After OG2 there was talk that SpaceX would offer two webcasts. One for the general public, similar to the OG2 one, and another for us space geeks. Any word as to if this is happening?
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After OG2 there was talk that SpaceX would offer two webcasts. One for the feral public, similar to the OG2 one, and another for us space geeks. Any word as to if this is happening?

Some awesome news from Ben, a member here, and who runs the SpaceX webcast....via a post on social media.

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Yes. We will have a multi-camera setup on YouTube that allows you to switch between the two. You'll be able to view it here:

Once we go live you'll see two boxes at the top that. Pick the 'Hosted Webcast' version to select the main webcast and pick the 'Rocket Views' version to get only the Rocket and Countdown Net audio. I'm not 100% sure if that works on mobile or not, we're relying on YouTube's multi angle feature to do this. Let me know how it goes after launch and I'll evaluate if we'll continue this method in the future or if we do something different.

You will see the graphics on the rocket views version. Biggest difference is that it is unhosted. So no crowd shots, no cool cheering. Just the rocket and the nets.

Also he said landing would be live streamed :) but no more inside rocket views.
« Last Edit: 01/17/2016 04:20 AM by Carl G »
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Press "kit" from SpaceX here: http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/spacex_jason3_press_kit.pdf

Again very minimalistic. Biggest bit of info is that the transfer/parking orbit coast before circularization burn will be 46 minutes long.
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Nice photo from a different angle

https://twitter.com/nasahqphoto/status/688489908940349440

Members of the media prepare cameras for #Jason3 launch at Vandenberg AFB @NASAseaLevel flic.kr/s/aHsksJfs3Q

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