A new NASA satellite has been launched into orbit on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, making it the first such launch since a United launch vehicle made a record attempt last year.
The National Reconnaissance Office says that the weather satellite, named the NOAA Weather Satellite C55, was launched at 10:04 p.m.
EDT on Saturday.
The spacecraft is a $4.8 billion effort to gather data about the weather, with NASA’s Office of Science working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop the data.
The NOAA’s Meteorology Satellite Program has been providing weather data to the agency since its inception in 1981.
The launch comes a week after NOAA announced the launch of its weather satellite-acquired weather information.
It’s the first weather satellite NOAA has acquired since 2009.