Second MECO Sets GOES-R, Centaur on Long Coast

The Centaur’s engine shutdown as planned to raise the orbit of the GOES-R spacecraft. The Centaur and GOES-R will remain connected through about two orbits of the Earth before the Centaur ignites its engine once more to place GOES-R in a transfer orbit. The next burn will take place at 10:09 p.m. EST.

NASA’s Launch Blog will continue to track the performance of the Centaur and GOES-R throughout the coast phase and will provide periodic updates.

Centaur MECO

GOESR-LAUNCH-2

The Centaur’s engine shut off as scheduled. The upper stage will conduct two more burns tonight to place GOES-R into a transfer orbit. The spacecraft will use its own propellant later to circularize its orbit for operations.