Delta II ICESat-2 Launch Highlights

ICESAT-2 launch

A Delta 2 rocket lifted off September 15 carrying a NASA Earth science satellite on the final flight of a vehicle whose heritage dates back to the beginning of the Space Age.

NASA launched a satellite Saturday over the Pacific Ocean to measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation.

A Delta II rocket blasted into the history books while carrying a NASA newest Earth-observation satellite into space at Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday morning.

The launch is a follow up to a satellite that was launched in 2003 and operated until 2009, the AP reported. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems built the satellite, which weighed 1,514 kilograms at launch.

The laser on the satellite fires 10,000 times a second while travelling at a speed of 7km (4.3 miles) a second, from a height of 300 miles (482km).

"And that incredible timing precision will allow us to measure elevation changes across the entire ice sheet to less than a centimeter", he said "And this is important, since an elevation change of just a centimeter over an ice sheet the size of Antarctica represents a tremendous amount of water, either gains to or loss from the ice sheet - 140 gigatons worth".

ICESat-2 suffered delays because of problems with ATLAS, notably a failure of one of its lasers.

"While the launch today was incredibly exciting, for us scientists the most anticipated part of the mission starts when we switch on the laser and get our first data", said Thorsten Markus, ICESat-2 project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Florence punishes Carolinas with torrential rain, flooding; 8 dead
Zooming out to the full projection, shown above, the core of the storm is slated to enter North Carolina around 2 p.m. There have been seven storm-related deaths since Florence, then a Category-1 hurricane, made landfall Friday morning.

Liverpool and Chelsea set Premier League first with ideal starts
Eden Hazard paid tribute to Olivier Giroud as "maybe the best targetman in the world" for his role in Chelsea's win over Cardiff. His form has been ridiculously good and he turned in one of his finest ever displays in a Chelsea shirt against Cardiff .

Browns' Tyrod Taylor says he knew Josh Gordon was starting
I mean we have got to play better offensively, it is not just him. "Not what I wanted, but we will get through that, too". Jackson did not absolve Taylor of all the blame.

Delta II launches have split time between Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station over the years. "The instrument, the ATLAS instrument, took longer than we thought".

The launch was ULA's Delta II rocket's 153rd success - and its last because ULA is retiring the model.

"The Delta II rocket has been a venerable workhorse for NASA and civilian scientists, the USA military, and commercial clients throughout its nearly 30 years of service", said Bruno, ULA president and CEO.

"Three, two one, liftoff!" said a launch commentator on NASA television.

The stars returned for this final Delta 2 launch, but with a twist, he said: people ranging from retirees who once worked on the program to customers and range personnel were invited to sign the stars.

"I'm a little bit sad". "Delta 2 holds a really special place in so many folks in the launch industry's hearts".

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carried ICESat-2 into orbit, where it will travel at speeds of more than 15,000 miles per hour.

The Delta II's second stage AJ10-118K engine reignited for 6 seconds about 47 minutes into the mission before deploying ICESat-2 into orbit.

Related News:

  • Led command approves South Korean border crossings into North Korea

    Led command approves South Korean border crossings into North Korea

    But its operation was suspended in 2016 amid an escalating standoff over North Korea's long-range rocket launches. The office is the first of its kind since the two countries were divided at the end of World War II in 1945.
    Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR announcement coverage wrap-up

    Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR announcement coverage wrap-up

    Each of the 12 iPhone XR wallpapers features bubbles in different colors, just like the wallpapers for Apple's other new iPhones. The two new devices , which were also announced alongside the "cheaper" $749 iPhone XR , start at $999 and $1,099, respectively.
    Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas

    Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas

    After landfall, the storm is expected to linger over the area for a few days, which would result in rising river levels and lakes. Experts agreed that despite Florence losing some power, it was still poised to sow just as much destruction - if not more.
  • Oil slips from four-month highs on economic concerns

    Oil slips from four-month highs on economic concerns

    Brent, the worldwide benchmark, rose $1.67 a barrel to trade above $79. Official weekly government data will be published by the U.S. East Coast would disrupt supplies and drive up fuel prices.
    Liverpool Spectacularly Lucky Not To Concede Late Penalty Vs Spurs

    Liverpool Spectacularly Lucky Not To Concede Late Penalty Vs Spurs

    A late goal from Erik Lamela proved to be just a consolation for Spurs, who were without captain Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli. We controlled the game in a way and let me say it was the best game of the season for us, for sure.
    LeBron James congratulates Seattle Storm on WNBA title

    LeBron James congratulates Seattle Storm on WNBA title

    Everyone has to have an "I love you off the court, but I'm going to kill you on the court" type of mentality. Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games.
  • Ex-employee suspected after strawberries spiked with needles

    Ex-employee suspected after strawberries spiked with needles

    In case you missed the news, there have been seven confirmed cases now of strawberries with needles found in them . Just posting this as a warning to anyone that has bought strawberries (Berry Obsessions) from Woolworths recently.
    Ohio State 40, TCU 28 | Buckeyes find finishing kick

    Ohio State 40, TCU 28 | Buckeyes find finishing kick

    Now the No. 4 Buckeyes face their toughest test on the last Saturday before their suspended coach can return to the sideline. The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs will kick off their showdown tonight at 8:00 pm Eastern.
    Canadian pot users could get flagged at U.S. border

    Canadian pot users could get flagged at U.S. border

    A lifetime ban will also apply to Canadians who admit to having used marijuana, even after legalization in Canada goes into effect October 17.
  • Govt committed to keep fiscal deficit within budgetary target, says Jaitley

    Govt committed to keep fiscal deficit within budgetary target, says Jaitley

    He added that CBDT was "very clear" that this year the government would be able to collect taxes in excess of the budgeted target. Jaitley said the income tax collections have been robust with expanding the base and collections will exceed budgetary targets.
    Carolina coast battening down, boarding up as hurricane nears

    Carolina coast battening down, boarding up as hurricane nears

    Last year's blitz of hurricanes was all the more unusual because the East Coast had enjoyed more than a decade of relative calm. Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.
    Waffle House is Preparing to Stay Open During Hurricane Florence

    Waffle House is Preparing to Stay Open During Hurricane Florence

    No matter what Hurricane Florence brings to Myrtle Beach, the Waffle House off Highway 501 will be open, doing all they can. Within the occasion that they're originate however luxuriate in a restricted menu, that is yellow ", he talked about.


Most liked

Razer Phone 2 leaks, but not much has changed
That image? That's a leak of the Razer Phone 2 , and yeah, we'll forgive you if you thought it was the original Razer Phone . It has 120 Hz refresh rate on its UltraMotion screen with Dolby ATMOS and THX certified stereo speakers.

Florence barreling closer to coast of Carolinas
A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC .

Fatal Shark Attack In Wellfleet 15 September 2018
Shortly after, he was rushed to the Cape Cod Hospital by officials with Wellfleet Fire Department but succumbed to his injuries. The incident happened about noon when the man was swimming at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts , police said .

Israeli Missiles Target Iran Arms Depot Near Damascus Airport
Israel struck in Syria on Saturday night, targeting an area near the airport in Damascus , Syrian state media reported. Syria often attributes airstrikes on military bases to Israel, but the Jewish state only rarely confirms such strikes.

Florence weakens to depression, flood risk rises
Cooper said. "Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood", said Governor Roy Cooper . As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina , along with 119,000 in SC .

Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead
That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said. The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Border Patrol agent went on 2-week killing spree
He said authorities are still trying to pinpoint a motive for the killings, but that all of the women worked as prostitutes. But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Premier Doug Ford Overrules Judge With Notwithstanding Clause And Makes History
The PCs and the New Democrats have been battling over how quickly the bill should be passed, with the NDP attempting to slow the process down.

Washoe health officials say West Nile case likely acquired locally
Health officials emphasize the importance of people taking precautions as suggested by the CDC to keep mosquitoes from biting. The other three EEE cases in 2018, all euthanized, were in Monmouth and Camden counties.

Fans go WILD as Meghan Markle photographed picking up dog poo
The clip appears in a two-part ITV series, Queen Of The World , which is due to air later this month. Like her daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle , Princess Diana wasn't known to play by the rules.

Florence pours rain on the Carolinas; death toll at 7
Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her family thought they'd be safe in their brick house in eastern North Carolina. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence
He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

President Trump to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week
General view of a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan , Puerto Rico , on September 23, 2017. Trump touted the federal government's response as " an incredible, unsung success " this week.

Wind approaches outer banks of North Carolina
As of Thursday, almost a dozen airports have shut down , with more than 1,000 flights being canceled. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents not to "underestimate" the storm.

Google has quietly revealed three Pixel 3 color options
The controversial notch of the Pixel 3 is, however, missing on the renders of the device, and that's probably intentional. Furthermore, Google is even rumoured to rename the Black and White variants of the Pixel 3 smartphones .