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June 19th, 2015

A Safe Arrival @ Vandenberg AFB For The Jason-3 Satellite

[SatNews] The Jason-3 satellite has safely arrived at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, after a journey from France, in preparation for its launch on August 8, 2015, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The Jason-3 spacecraft is unloaded from a 747 transport aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on June 18, 2015, concluding a journey from the Thales Alenia Space manufacturing facility in France. The Jason-3 satellite altimetry mission is scheduled to launch this August.

Image is courtesy of NASA.

Jason-3 will continue a 23-year effort to monitor Earth's global ocean, tracking sea level rise, ocean heat content and sea-surface height. Additionally, Jason-3 data will help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration accurately predict when tropical cyclones will intensify.

Jason-3 is an international partnership led by NOAA with participation from NASA, France's Centre Nationale d'Etudes Spatiales (the French space agency) and EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, built Jason-3's radiometer, GPS and laser reflector and is procuring the launch. JPL will also help oversee the science team, which is responsible for ensuring the quality of the data.

For more about NASA's ocean surface altimetry missions, visit: https://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/