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Storm warnings might improve thanks to a satellite just launched from Vandenberg

Storm warnings might improve thanks to a satellite just launched from Vandenberg

A rocket carrying a new weather satellite was launched successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday, with plans to put the satellite in a polar orbit to help improve forecasting and hurricane tracking.

The Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of polar-orbiting satellites, took off from Space Launch Complex 2 at 1:47 a.m., according to NASA.

About 63 minutes after liftoff, the JPSS-1 had deployed its solar arrays and was operating on its own power, NASA reported, adding that the satellite will become operational in three months, after its instruments have been...

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