NASA readies US-French satellite for launch

A US-French spacecraft designed to continue a long-term survey of Earth's oceans has arrived in the US for its final launch preparations, a UPI report said.

The spacecraft, Jason-2, was flown on a Boeing 747 from its manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space, in France to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

After final testing it will be integrated onto a launch vehicle for a June lift-off, the UPI report said.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said the Jason-2 satellite will study ocean circulation and the effect oceans have on weather, climate and how our planet is responding to global climate change.

The spacecraft will be launched into a circular, non-sun-synchronous orbit, allowing it to monitor 95% of Earth's ice-free oceans every ten days.