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The Jason-3 satellite will improve weather, climate and ocean forecasts, helping NOAA’s National Weather Service and other global weather and environmental forecast agencies more-accurately forecast the strength of tropical cyclones. (Credit: NOAA)

The Jason-3 satellite will improve weather, climate and ocean forecasts, helping NOAA’s National Weather Service and other global weather and environmental forecast agencies more-accurately forecast the strength of tropical cyclones. (Credit: NOAA)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the Jason-3 satellite on Jan. 17, 2016, from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Ground controllers successfully acquired the spacecraft’s signals, and initial telemetry reports showed the satellite was in good health. Jason-3 was developed to continue U.S./European satellite measurements of global sea-level changes.

“Jason-3 will take the pulse of our changing planet by gathering environmental intelligence from the world’s oceans,” said Stephen Volz, assistant administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service.

Jason-3 is an international mission led by NOAA in partnership with NASA, the French space agency CNES, and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

Jason-3 begins full science operations after a six-month checkout phase, joining Jason-2, which launched in 2008. From low-Earth orbit, Jason-3 will precisely measure the height of 95 percent of the world’s ice-free ocean every 10 days.

Measurements of ocean-surface topography reveal the speed and direction of ocean currents and tell scientists how much of the sun’s energy is stored by the ocean. Combining ocean current and heat-storage data is key to understanding global climate changes.

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