A satellite planned to improve weather forecasting and an exploratory inflatable heat guard to protect spacecraft entering climates were thrown into space from California on Thursday. Read More: Nasa New Images
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket taking the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 satellite and the NASA trial payload raised off at 1:49 am local time (3:19 pm IST) from Vandenberg Space Force located on the northwest of Los Angeles.
Designed for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, JPSS-2 was set into an orbit that circles the Earth from stick to stick, joining earlier launched satellites in an approach developed to improve weather forecasting and weather monitoring.
Mission officers tell it symbolizes the latest technology and will increase the precision of observances of the atmosphere, oceans, and land.
After firing the satellite, the rocket’s upper scene was to reignite to position the test load for re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere and descent into the Pacific Ocean. Read More: Isro VS Nasa: Who Is Powerful?
Phoned LOFTID, quick for Low-Earth Orbit Flight Trial of an Inflatable Decelerator, the machine is an “aeroshell” that could be used to slow and protect weighty spacecraft descending into climates, such as those of Mars or Venus, or payloads yielding to Earth.
NASA slowing heavy spacecraft will need greater atmospheric drag than can be created by traditional rigid heat shields that fit within the shrouds that surround payloads aboard rockets.
In the thin air of Mars, for instance, having such a large aeroshell would begin restricting the vehicle at more elevated heights and reduce the power of heating, according to the space agency.
The aeroshell was predicted to affect the ocean a few hundred miles east of Hawaii, where a ship was waiting. NASA hoped to retrieve the aeroshell as well as a details recorder that was to be removed before splashdown.