Launching NOAA’s Revolutionary GOES-R Satellite


October 5, 2016 – Want to know more about GOES-R’s mission, the satellite, the launch, or the science begind it all? Join a Reddit Science AMA, October 6, 2016, and chat live with NOAA scientists!

Greg Mandt, System Program Director for NOAA’s GOES-R satellite series, and Dr. Steve Goodman, GOES-R Senior Scientist have worked tirelessly with their team to plan, develop, and launch NOAA’s GOES-R, a revolutionary new geostationary weather satellite. Now, after many years of work, it is ready to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket and make its way to geostationary orbit. GOES-R is scheduled to head to space in less than 30 days—leaving Earth at 3:40 p.m. MDT on November 4, 2016.

GOES-R, or GOES-16 as it will be known once it reaches space, will provide five times faster weather coverage, more accurate data for hurricane tracking and intensity forecasts, real-time mapping of total lightning for improved severe weather prediction, advanced warning of space weather hazards, and improved transportation safety– all from ONE satellite!

Want to know more about the mission, the satellite, the launch, or the science behind it all? Ask them anything! They will be online from 11:00 a.m. MDT to 1:00 p.m. MDT (6 pm UTC).

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GOES-R is a collaboration between NASA and NOAA. The satellites are being built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado. In addition to the spacecraft, Lockheed Martin was chosen by NASA to design the Magnetometer, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper, and the new Solar Ultra-Violet Imager.

You can learn more about the GOES-R satellite series and see the countdown to launch here: