Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Space Launch Complex 37B Ready To GOES-O

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Commercial launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O, (GOES-O) is scheduled to occur on June 26th aboard a Delta IV rocket.

The launch will take place at Space Launch Complex-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, with a launch window extending from 6:14 to 7:14 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Boeing Launch Services procured the launch vehicle and associated support services from United Launch Alliance.

A Delta IVMedium+ (4,2) configuration launch vehicle is expected to deploy the GOES-O spacecraft approximately four hours and 21 minutes after liftoff. The GOES-O satellite manufactured by Boeing’s Space and Intelligence Systems for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is set to receive signal acquisition an hour following separation. GOES-O advances the mission of NOAA to understand and predict weather and climate change throughout the entire western hemisphere, delivering enhanced weather forecasting capability to protect life and property.

The three-axis modified Boeing 601 body-stabilized spacecraft design enables the imager and sound instruments to "stare" at Earth and thus frequently image clouds, monitor Earth's surface temperature, and sound Earth's atmosphere for its vertical temperature and water vapor distribution. GOES-O also will support NOAA and NASA scientists by collecting and analyzing real-time space environmental data, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard searching the open seas.


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