‘Go for Launch’: NOAA’s GOES-T Satellite Cleared for Tuesday Liftoff

GOES-T at the Vertical Integration Facility
A United Launch Alliance technician monitors the progress as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) is moved into United Launch Alliance’s Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
ULA's Vertical Integration Facility with GOES-T
GOES-T Liftoff is targeted for Tuesday, March 1, at 4:38 p.m. EST. There is a two-hour window for the launch. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Following a successful Launch Readiness Review at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) satellite is cleared to proceed with Tuesday’s launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Liftoff is targeted for 4:38 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 1, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 41. There is a two-hour window for the launch, which is being managed by NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy.

The current favorable weather forecast for launch day is 60%. The primary concerns are cumulus cloud and surface electric fields.

Tune in to NASA TV today, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. for a live broadcast of the GOES-T Prelaunch News Conference. Participants include:

  • Steve Volz, acting assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and assistant administrator for satellite and information services, NOAA
  • Pam Sullivan, director, GOES-R Program, NOAA
  • John Gagosian, director, Joint Agency Satellite Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Tim Dunn, launch director, NASA’s Launch Services Program, NASA Kennedy
  • Scott Messer, program manager, NASA Launch Services, United Launch Alliance
  • Jessica Williams, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Space Launch Delta 45

At 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, NASA EDGE will host the GOES-T rollout show. The broadcast will air live on NASA TV and YouTube. Coverage of launch day events begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. Follow along right here on the blog, or tune in to the live show on NASA TV, the NASA app, or the agency’s website.

GOES-T is the third satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series, the Western Hemisphere’s most sophisticated weather observing and environmental monitoring system. The GOES-R Series provides advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and space weather monitoring.

After GOES-T launches, it will be renamed GOES-18 once it reaches geostationary orbit. Following a successful on-orbit checkout of its instruments and systems, NOAA plans to put GOES-T immediately into operational service, replacing GOES-17 as GOES West.

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