Launch Coverage

Launch of NOAA-N
Spacecraft: NOAA-N
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date: May 20, 2005
Launch Time: 6:22 a.m. EDT

Launch of NOAA-N Image above: Launch of NOAA-N. Image credit: NASA/VAFB

Launch is Flawless!
After a successful liftoff from a Boeing Delta II rocket NOAA-N, the latest polar-orbiting satellite developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will collect information about Earth's atmosphere and environment to improve weather prediction and climate research across the globe.

The Launch Vehicle
The Delta II launch vehicles are descended from the Delta rockets that have been in use since the 1960s. It is a multistage rocket powered by a single main engine and a variable number of strap-on external motors.

+ View Delta II Component Definitions

Additional links:
+ Watch a Launch
+ Launch Locations
 Launch Control:
›  Launch Blog
›  Launch Team

 The pre-dawn liftoff of a Boeing Delta II rocket carrying the NOAA-N satellite lights the sky.
Liftoff of NOAA-N!
The pre-dawn liftoff of the Boeing Delta II rocket carrying the NOAA-N satellite lights the sky.
+ View this Video
+ View Launch Day Videos
 NASA Direct Webcast logo
NASA Direct Webcast
Find out about NOAA-N's Earth-observing benefits.
+ Read More
 Launch Services
Launch Services
Why launch anything into space?
+ View Video