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  • Jason-3 satellite launched to orbit successfully on Falcon 9, booster landing unsuccessful

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 17th, 2016

    An ocean exploring satellite called Jason-3 was launched by a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:42 a.m. PST (18:42 GMT) on Sunday, Jan. 17, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in an effort to understand the changing sea level, tides, and also help with forecast models for hurricanes and El Niño.

  • Could DSCOVR help in the hunt for exoplanets?

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 25th, 2015

    Could a space weather satellite be helpful in exoplanet hunting? Well, it now turns out it could. According to a team of scientists led by Stephen Kane from the San Francisco State University, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), launched in February this year to study space weather, could make an important contribution to the continuous search for alien worlds.

  • From a million miles away, NASA camera shows Moon crossing face of Earth

    NASAAugust 6th, 2015

    A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the Moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth. The series of images show the fully illuminated “dark side” of the Moon that is never visible from Earth.

  • Assembly of NOAA’s GOES-R satellite completed

    Jason RhianJune 5th, 2015

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA ) GOES-R weather satellite has completed construction and is moving on to the testing phase of its development. If everything continues to proceed according to plan, GOES-R should launch early next year. GOES “R” is the first of four planned next-generation geostationary weather satellites that NOAA is currently working to […]

  • Thruster contamination on NOAA’s Jason-3 satellite forces delay

    Jason RhianJune 3rd, 2015

    Wanting to ensure the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA ) Jason-3 global sea surface-observing satellite was indeed ready for fight, mission planners have opted to push back its July 22, 2015 launch. With one of the four thrusters on the spacecraft found to be contaminated, the launch of a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) Falcon 9 v1.1 from Vandenberg […]

  • Satellite gearing up to take EPIC pictures of Earth

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 25th, 2015

    NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) satellite is well on its way to do something epic. NOAA’s spacecraft, sent to monitor space weather, will use its Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) to capture the entire sunlit face of our planet and collect valuable atmospheric data. EPIC, built by Lockheed Martin, will show the full face of […]

  • NOAA: 45,000 space weather enthusiasts and counting

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 13th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERL, Fla. — With this week’s launch of DSCOVR, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center discussing space weather. NOAA now boasts 45,000 subscribers to their space weather alerts. Here are some facts for the budding space weather enthusiast.

  • Did Al Gore ‘invent’ DSCOVR?

    Jim SiegelFebruary 12th, 2015

    In a hastily-arranged NASA press conference just prior to the scheduled Feb. 8, 2015, launch attempt of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) satellite, Senator Bill Nelson (D, FL) revealed that the conceptual idea for the spacecraft that has morphed into DSCOVR originated with former Vice President Al Gore. Gore, in turn, credited fellow Democrats Nelson as well as Senator […]

  • SpaceX launches DSCOVR satellite to monitor solar winds

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 11th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Falcon 9 v 1.1 rocket rose from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 at 6:03 p.m. EST (23:03 GMT) today carrying the DSCOVR satellite on a 110 day journey to the Lagrange 1 (L1) orbit where it will join two other aging satellites used to monitor solar winds.

  • High upper level winds push SpaceX DSCOVR launch to Feb. 11

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 10th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second launch attempt of DSCOVR was scrubbed at approximately 13 minutes prior to the scheduled liftoff time of 6:05 p.m. EST (2305 GMT) today due to violation of liftoff weather conditions. DSCOVR is a satellite designed to measure incoming solar weather. However, it was Earth-bound weather that caused the scrub. The third […]

  • DSCOVR launch date now set for Feb. 10

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 9th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The next launch attempt for the DSCOVR mission will now be no earlier than Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:05 p.m. EST (2305 GMT) with a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT). Weather for an attempt on Monday, Feb. 9 was deemed to be unfavorable. If an attempt was made and […]

  • Gore: DSCOVR’s selfies – will be ‘EPIC’

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 8th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — As previously reported on SpaceFlight Insider, the primary mission of Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is to provide early warning of dangerous solar weather. But solar winds don’t affect many of us on a day-to-day basis. Unless you are a commercial jet pilot or manage an electric utility company in the far […]

  • Tracking issue scrubs launch attempt of SpaceX Falcon 9 with NOAA’s DSCOVR

    Jason RhianFebruary 8th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) was just two minutes and 27 seconds prior to having one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket launch with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) – when tracking issues caused the attempt to be scrubbed. Initially poised for […]

  • SpaceX preps Falcon 9 v1.1 for DSCOVR mission and aims to make second attempt at barge landing

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 7th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has a Falcon 9 v 1.1 prepped and ready for flight. The payload for the planned Feb. 8 launch is NASA and NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) mission. If everything goes according to plan, DSCOVR will take to the skies from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch […]

  • SpaceX successfully conducts static fire test in preparation for DSCOVR launch

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 1st, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) successfully completed a static fire test of the aerospace firm’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket that will be used to launch the DSCOVR into orbit on Feb. 8. The test was performed with the rocket on the pad at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC 40) at Cape Canaveral Air […]