NOAA's GOES-S Briefings and Events
Technicians and engineers at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, prepare NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) for encapsulation in its payload fairing on Jan. 16, 2018. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) is scheduled to launch on Thursday, March 1, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 is targeted for 5:02 p.m. EST at the opening of a two-hour launch window. Launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 4:30 p.m.
GOES-S is the second in the GOES-R Series of weather satellites that includes GOES-R (now GOES-16), -S, -T and -U. GOES-S will be renamed GOES-17 when it reaches geostationary orbit. Once the satellite is declared operational late this year, it will occupy NOAA’s GOES-West position and provide faster, more accurate data for tracking wildfires, tropical cyclones, fog and other storm systems and hazards that threaten the western United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and the Pacific Ocean all the way to New Zealand.
NOAA manages the GOES-R Series program through an integrated NOAA/NASA office collocated at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center that oversees the acquisition of the program ground system. NASA oversees the acquisition of the spacecraft, instruments and launch vehicles. Lockheed Martin Space of Littleton, Colorado, built the spacecraft and is responsible for spacecraft development, integration and testing.
Mission operations will be performed by NOAA at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Florida, provided the main instrument payload, the Advanced Baseline Imager, and the ground system, which includes the antenna system for data receipt. NASA’s Launch Services Program is responsible for launch management. United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado, is the provider of the Atlas V launch service.
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Media badges will be issued at the Press Accreditation Office located on State Road 3, Merritt Island. For questions about accreditation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
L-2 Day (Tuesday, Feb. 27)
Press Site Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Badging Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Foreign Nationals will be picked up at the Press Accreditation Office at 12 p.m.
Prelaunch News Conference and Science Briefing
A prelaunch status briefing will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a science briefing at 2:30 p.m. Both briefings will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site TV Auditorium and air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
Prelaunch news conference participants are:
- Stephen Volz, director for satellite and information services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Tim Walsh, GOES-R system program director (acting), NOAA
- Sandra Smalley, director, Joint Agency Satellite Division, NASA Headquarters
- Tim Dunn, launch director, NASA, Kennedy Space Center
- Scott Messer, program manager, NASA Programs, United Launch Alliance
- Clay Flinn, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Science briefing participants are:
- Dan Lindsey, GOES-R senior scientific advisor, NOAA
- Louis Uccellini, director, National Weather Service, NOAA
- George Morrow, deputy director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Jim Roberts, scientist, Earth System Research Laboratory, Office of Atmospheric Research, NOAA
- Kristin Calhoun, research scientist, National Severe Storms Laboratory, NOAA
Media also can ask questions during the briefings via Twitter, using the hashtag #askNASA.
L-1 Day (Wednesday, Feb. 28)
Press Site Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Badging Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Foreign Nationals will be picked up at the Press Accreditation Office at 8 a.m. to attend the launch vehicle rollout and at 1:30 p.m. to attend the pad photo opportunity and remote camera setup.
ULA Atlas V Launch Vehicle Rollout
There will be an opportunity for news media to photograph the rollout of the ULA Atlas V rocket from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad. Media should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at 8:30 a.m. for transportation to the viewing location near Space Launch Complex 41.
Mobile Launcher Update
There will be an opportunity for news media to speak with an expert to get an update on the mobile launcher. Media should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at noon for transportation to the ML site.
Launch Pad Photo Opportunity and Remote Camera Setup
There will be an opportunity for news media to photograph the ULA Atlas V with GOES-S and establish sound-activated remote cameras at the launch pad. Media should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at 2 p.m. to be escorted to Space Launch Complex 41.
Media wishing to attend either of these events must RSVP by noon on Tuesday, Feb. 27, to email@example.com.
L-0 Day (Thursday, Mar. 1)
Press Site Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Badging Hours of Operation: 7:30 - 9 a.m. and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Foreign nationals will be picked up at the Press Accreditation Office at 8 a.m. to attend NOAA’s Gulfstream Aircraft open house and at 2:30 p.m. to view launch.
NOAA’s Gulfstream IV (G-IV) Aircraft Open House
Media will have a unique opportunity to visit NOAA’s G-IV aircraft at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) and learn about its specialized instruments, such as the tail Doppler radar, and interview NOAA experts who conduct research or use data from this aircraft and the GOES satellite system. The plane flies at high altitude around and ahead of tropical cyclones, gathering critical data that feeds into hurricane forecast models. It also is used for atmospheric research and weather phenomena such as atmospheric rivers. Media should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at 9 a.m. to be escorted to the SLF. Media wishing to attend this event must RSVP by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open house participants are:
- Capt. Kristie Twining, G-IV pilot, NOAA
- Cmdr. Brad Fritzler, G-IV pilot, NOAA
- Jack Parrish, flight director and meteorologist, Aircraft Operations Center, NOAA
- Richard Henning, flight director and meteorologist, Aircraft Operations Center, NOAA
- William Ulrich, leader, Tropical Weather Program, NOAA National Weather Service, Melbourne, Florida
- Jamese Sims, GOES-R Program series products manager, NOAA
- Matthew Seybold, GOES-R Program series data operations manager and product readiness and operations manager, NOAA
Media may view the GOES-S launch from the Kennedy Press Site, NASA Causeway or the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) roof (space is limited). Media who wish to view the launch from the NASA Causeway or the VAB roof should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at 3 p.m. to be escorted. Media must RSVP with their preference for the NASA Causeway or the VAB roof by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28 to email@example.com. Only one representative per organization may sign up for the VAB roof.
NASA TV Launch Coverage
NASA TV live coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET. Coverage will conclude after solar array deploy. There is no planned post-launch news conference. A post-launch news release will be issued as soon as the state-of-health of the spacecraft can be verified. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135.
NASA Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage
Prelaunch and launch day coverage of GOES-S will be available on http://www.nasa.gov. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET as the countdown milestones occur. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the newsroom at 321-867-2468. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at http://blogs.nasa.gov/goes/.
ATLAS V TO LAUNCH GOES-S
Rocket: Atlas V 541
Mission: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S)
Launch Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Launch Time: The 2-hour launch window opens at 5:02 p.m. EST
Live Broadcast: Tune in live on March 1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Mission Description: GOES-S is the second of four satellites to be launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a new and advanced series of spacecraft. Once in geostationary orbit, it will be known as GOES-17. Like the other satellites in the series, GOES-S carries a suite of sophisticated Earth-sensing, lightning-detecting, solar imaging and space weather monitoring instruments. The advanced technology on board GOES-S will provide critical data and imagery in near-real time on severe weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods, as well as hazards like fog, aerosols, dust storms, volcanic eruptions and forest fires.
Launch Notes: ULA and our heritage rockets have launched all of the operational GOES satellites, including GOES-R in November 2016. GOES-S marks the sixth Atlas V to launch in the 541 configuration, the first of which was the rocket that launched NASA's Curiosity rover to Mars in 2011.
Launch Updates:To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #AtlasV, #GOESS and #GOES17.
Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go GOES-S!
Update: 1.03.2018 / 20.40 MEZ
NASA, ULA Launch Advanced NOAA Weather Satellite
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, or GOES-S. Liftoff was at 5:02 p.m. EST. GOES-S is the second satellite in a series of next-generation weather satellites.
Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett
NASA successfully launched the second in a series of next-generation weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at 5:02 p.m. EST Thursday.
NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
GOES-S mission managers confirmed at 8:58 p.m. the spacecraft’s solar arrays successfully deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power.
The satellite will provide faster, more accurate and more detailed data, in near real-time, to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, coastal fog and other hazards that affect the western United States.
“We at NASA Science are proud to support our joint agency partner NOAA on today’s launch of GOES-S, a national asset that will impact lives across the Western Hemisphere each and every day,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, who attended today’s launch.
Once GOES-S is positioned in a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above Earth, in approximately two weeks, it will be renamed GOES-17. Later this year, after undergoing a full checkout and validation of its six high-tech instruments, the new satellite will move to the GOES-West position and become operational. From there, it constantly will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.
In addition to improving weather forecasts, GOES-17 will help forecasters locate and track wildfires – invaluable information that emergency response teams need to fight fires and evacuate people out of harm’s way. GOES-17 also will be an important tool for forecasters to track and predict the formation and dissipation of fog, which can disrupt airport operations.
GOES-17 will work in tandem with GOES-16, the first satellite in NOAA’s new geostationary series, now at the GOES-East position. GOES-17 will extend observational high-resolution satellite coverage of the revolutionary new technology aboard GOES-16 to most of the Western Hemisphere, from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand, and from near the Arctic Circle to near the Antarctic Circle. The satellite will provide more and better data than is currently available over the northeastern Pacific Ocean, the birthplace of many weather systems that affect the continental U.S.
NOAA manages the GOES-R Series program through an integrated NOAA/NASA office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA also oversees the acquisition of the spacecraft, instruments and launch vehicles. Lockheed Martin Space of Littleton, Colorado, built the spacecraft and is responsible for spacecraft development, integration and testing.
Mission operations will be performed by NOAA at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Florida, provided the main instrument payload, the Advanced Baseline Imager, and the ground system, which includes the antenna system for data receipt. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management. ULA of Centennial, Colorado, is the provider of the Atlas V launch service.