NOAA’s GOES-S Spacecraft Prepares for Encapsulation

NOAA's GOES-S weather satellite is prepared for encapsulation in its payload fairing inside Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida.
NOAA’s GOES-S weather satellite is prepared for encapsulation in its payload fairing inside Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Technicians and engineers prepare NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, or GOES-S, for encapsulation in its payload fairing inside a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida. After encapsulation, the weather satellite will be moved to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. GOES-S is the second in a series of four advanced geostationary weather satellites. The GOES-R series – consisting of the GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-T and GOES-U spacecraft – will significantly improve the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and the nation’s economic health and prosperity. GOES-S is slated to launch March 1, 2018 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

GOES-S Unpacked for Start of Prelaunch Preps

At Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, technicians and engineers prepare to begin preflight processing of NOAA's GOES-S after removal from its shipping container.
Photo credit: NOAA
NOAA's GOES-S is offloaded from a C-5 transport aircraft onto the flatbed of a heavy-lift truck at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Photo credit: NASA/Leif Heimbold

Technicians and engineers at the Astrotech Space Operations payload processing facility have placed NOAA’s GOES-S satellite on a work stand to begin routine but critical preflight inspections, tests and checkouts. These processing milestones will ensure the spacecraft is ready to withstand the rigors of launch and take its place as the second in a new generation of advanced geostationary weather satellites.

The satellite arrived Dec. 4 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport aircraft and was offloaded the following morning (right). It was then transported to the Astrotech facility, located in nearby Titusville, Florida, to begin processing. Inside the Astrotech high bay, team members carefully removed the shipping container, inspected the satellite (below) and placed it into a workstand (above) for prelaunch work to begin.

At Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, technicians and engineers inspect NOAA's GOES-S sateliite after removal from its shipping container.
Photo credit: NOAA

GOES-S Spacecraft Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

A C-5M transport aircraft arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the Geostationary Operation Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S). The satellite will be offloaded and transported to the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida.
A C-5M transport aircraft arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the Geostationary Operation Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S). The satellite will be offloaded and transported to the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Leif Heimbold

The next satellite in line to join NOAA’s environment-monitoring network is one significant step closer to launch following its delivery Monday to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) arrived at the Florida spaceport aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport aircraft which touched down on Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway Monday evening. The satellite will be offloaded today and transported to the Astrotech payload processing facility in nearby Titusville, where it will spend the next several weeks undergoing final preparations, tests and checkouts for liftoff.

Launch is planned for March 1, 2018 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41.

GOES-S to Add to Advanced Weather Satellite Constellation

GOES-R Spacecraft with Earth in the Background
Artist rendering of a GOES-R series spacecraft with Earth in the background. Image credit: Lockheed Martin

The Geostationary Operation Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) is the second in a series of four advanced geostationary weather satellites. The GOES-R Series – consisting of the GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-T and GOES-U spacecraft – significantly improves the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and our nation’s economic health and prosperity.

The satellites provide advanced imaging with increased spatial resolution and faster coverage for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather. The GOES-R Series will extend the availability of the operational GOES satellite system through 2036.

GOES-S is slated to launch March 1, 2018 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.