GOES-S launch scheduled for March 1, 2018
January 29, 2018
NOAA's GOES-S satellite, a collaborative development between NOAA and NASA, is scheduled to be launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 1, 2018. Weighing over 11,000 pounds, the spacecraft will achieve geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth. It is the second satellite in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) GOES program.
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) provide a constant vigil for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes. The program is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA, and Assurance Technology provides revolutionary, new technology.
GOES-S will be the sister satellite for GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R), launched November 19, 2016. GOES satellites are designated with a letter prior to launch and given a number upon reaching orbit. GOES-S will be designated GOES-17 and will extend weather-monitoring coverage to western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean.
Assurance Technology Corporation and its subcontractor, the University of New Hampshire, have developed the Space Environmental In-Situ Suite (SEISS) for the GOES-S payload. "We are excited about the upcoming launch of the GOES-S SEISS suite. The GOES-R SEISS suite, launched in November 2016, has been returning high-quality environment data since activation. With the upcoming GOES-S launch, NOAA will then have two suites of the latest generation space weather instrumentation on orbit," said Dr. Gary Galica, ATC Vice President of Space Sciences.
For more information on GOES Satellite Network, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/goes