GOES Weather Satellite Prepped For Launch Aboard Atlas V Rocket

Robyn Valdez
March 4, 2018

The GOES-S satellite is equipped with Earth and Sun monitoring equipment for the needs of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Survey.

The United Launch Alliance will send a next-generation weather satellite into orbit today in Cape Canaveral.

The launch is scheduled for 5:02 p.m.

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A next-generation weather satellite slated to hitch a ride on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on Thursday will join its sibling 22,300 miles above the Earth, arming forecasters with high-definition data from nearly the entire Western Hemisphere.

The GOES-S satellite, short for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, launched aboard an Atlas V-class rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, March 1. An on-board thruster then will be used to put the weather station in a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. ULA has successfully delivered more than 125 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation. It will also provide high-resolution images above Alaska and nearby areas at high latitudes where the agency doesn't now have usable data from its "geostationary constellation".

"When it. becomes operational later this year, GOES-S will see the west in true high-definition, and along with the remaining satellites in our GOES-R series, will extend the life of NOAA's geostationary satellite constellation through 2036", said Tim Walsh, acting director of NOAA's GOES-R program.

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"The new satellite will augment observations over the Pacific Ocean and around mountain ranges where radar coverage is limited or blocked", said Joe Pica, a National Weather Service manager. "Along with its easterly partner GOES-16, GOES-S will help communities and businesses prepare for potentially risky weather events and minimize the hazard to American families and economies".

Recall, the company Elon musk SpaceX launched from space launch complex Vandenberg in California, the Falcon 9 rocket with a satellite PAZ.

GOES-17 and its predecessor GOES-16, launched in November 2016, will work together to monitor a region spanning from the western coast of Africa to the eastern shore of New Zealand.

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Lockheed Martin in Littleton helped build the new satellite, according to NASA.

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