Stunning Images Of Successful Launch For JPSS-2

JPSS-2 will circle the globe 14 times a day 512 miles above Earth

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 and LOFTID

Powered by 860,000 pounds of thrust from the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket’s RD-180 engine

The LOFTID heat shield autonomously inflated and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere

Splashing down about 500 miles off the coast of Hawaii just over two hours and ten minutes after launch

JPSS-2/LOFTID isolated views featuring launch, JPSS-2 spacecraft separation, LOFTID inflation