OSTM/Jason-2 Launch

OSTM/Jason-2 launch vehicle - artists concept

OSTM/Jason-2 launched June 20, 2008 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The launch vehicle was a United Launch Alliance Delta II.

Learn more at Delta II: Countdown 101

OSTM/Jason-2 Sequence of Events

Launch Sequence
from Jason-1
00:00:00 Liftoff QuickTime
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00:00:48 Maximum Dynamic Pressure
00:01:04 3 Solid Motors Burnout QuickTime
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00:01:39 Jettison 3 Solid Motors QuickTime
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00:01:40 Begin Dog-leg Maneuver
00:02:20 End Dog-leg Maneuver
00:04:24 MECO - Main Engine Cutoff QuickTime
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00:04:32 Stage I/II Separation QuickTime
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00:04:37 Stage II Ignition
00:04:54 Jettison Fairing QuickTime
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00:10:29 SECO 1 - First Cutoff - Second Stage
00:48:30 Restart Second Stage
00:48:55 SECO 2 - Second cutoff - Second Stage
00:55:00 Separate Jason-2 Spacecraft QuickTime
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01:06:09 Jason-2 Reaches Ascending Node

Pre-launch Activities

Joint NASA-French Satellite to Track Trends in Sea Level, Climate (May 20, 2008)

A satellite that will help scientists better monitor and understand rises in global sea level is undergoing final preparations for a June 15 launch.

NASA to Hold Media Briefings on New Ocean-Observing Mission (May 13, 2008)

NASA will hold two media briefings on Tuesday, May 20, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.

Kennedy Space Center Media Gallery

Enter OSTM in the search box to see all of the OSTM related images.

OSTM Arrives at Vandenburg (May 2008)

The OSTM/Jason-2 spacecraft has reached the launch site.

What's so advanced about the Advanced Microwave Radiometer? (November 2007)

The AMR on OSTM/Jason-2

Getting it Together (November 2007)

OSTM/Jason-2 integration and testing in France.

OSTM/Jason-2 Update OSTM/Jason-2 Update (August 2007)

A BBC article on OSTM/Jason-2.

"Instruments and individuals are the recipe for success" (April 2007)

Q&A with OSTM/Jason-2 Team Member.