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SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541

SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541 SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541
Elijah Vega | 04 March, 2018, 03:01

The launch is scheduled for 5:02 p.m.

NASA launched another of the world's most advanced weather satellites on Thursday, this time to safeguard the western U.S. Teams have two hours to launch the satellite for Spain-based Hispasat.

"We can't wait!" tweeted the National Weather Service in Anchorage just before the rocket soared from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

"The advanced capabilities of this new satellite will provide vital data to improve forecasts for all weather hazards across the West and downstream across the remainder of the continental USA", said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

SpaceX will boost the heavy satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit, resulting in a limited leftover fuel supply for the Falcon 9 booster to attempt an automated landing. NASA also oversees the acquisition of the, and. "We at United Launch Alliance are proud that either our current or one of our heritage vehicles has launched every GOES satellite that has ever launched".

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With these two new satellites, NOAA's high-definition coverage will stretch from the Atlantic near West Africa, a hotbed for hurricane formation, all the way across the USA and the Pacific out to New Zealand. Later this year, after undergoing a full checkout and validation of its six high-tech instruments, the new satellite will move to the GOES-West position and become operational.

GOES-16 and GOES-S will be joined in orbit by two additional satellites in 2020 and 2024, back-ups that are each created to be operational for at least 10 years, AccuWeather said.

As the monstrous Hurricane Harvey bore down on the vulnerable Houston region and Texas coastline, the satellite helped to not only track the storm but also to help determine when it was safe for emergency personnel to respond and rescue residents in the hurricane-ravaged areas.

The satellite, which will be named GOES-17 when it reaches orbit, will help provide faster and more accurate date on storm systems that threaten the western United States, according to NASA. GOES-16 also observed the uncertain path of Hurricanes Irma and the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria in September.

Two more are planned in this four-satellite series: GOES-T in 2020 and GOES-U in 2024.

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