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JPSS-1 PRE-LAUNCH BRIEFINGS, Nov 12, 2017, Vandenberg AFB CA, 4:00 and 5:30 pm ET (NASA TV)

UPDATE, November 8:  The launch is now scheduled for November 14 and these pre-launch briefings will take place on November 12 at the same times as previously planned.

UPDATE, November 7:  The launch has been postponed until No Earlier Than (NET) November 14.  These briefings are being rescheduled, date and time TBA.

Original Story:  NASA and NOAA will hold two pre-launch briefings in advance of the launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 weather satellite, the first of a new series of polar-orbiting weather satellites.  Launch is currently scheduled for November 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA at 1:47 am Pacific Time (4:47 am Eastern).  The briefings will take place two days before launch so if the launch date slips, so will the date for these briefings.  They will be broadcast on NASA TV.

Pre-launch status briefing, 1:00 pm PT (4:00 pm ET)

Briefing participants will be:

  • Steve Volz, director, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service
  • Greg Mandt, director, Joint Polar Satellite System Program
  • Sandra Smalley, director, Joint Agency Satellite Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Omar Baez, NASA launch director
  • Scott Messer, United Launch Alliance program manager for NASA missions
  • Capt. Ross Malugani, launch weather officer, Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing

Science briefing, 2:30 pm PT (5:30 pm ET)

Briefing participants will be:

  • Mitch Goldberg, NOAA chief program scientist, Joint Polar Satellite System
  • Joe Pica, director, NOAA’s National Weather Service Office of Observations
  • James Gleason, NASA senior project scientist, Joint Polar Satellite System
  • Jana Luis, division chief, predictive services, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection



November 12, 2017
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm