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GOES-T Launch COUNTDOWN

ATLAS V TO LAUNCH GOES-T Atlas V GOES-T Mission Profile A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket passed the Launch Readiness Review on Feb 26th, and will launch Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) –T mission for NOAA, NASA and NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). The launch is planned for March 1st from Space […]

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GOES-T Mated to Atlas-V

G’Day Mate – GOES-T Mated to Atlas-V Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 marked the transport from the Aerotech Building to the Verticle Launch Assembly platform of NOAA’s GOES-T spacecraft. GOES-T was transported to the VLA aboard United Launch Alliance’s 72 wheeled spacecraft transporter. The spacecraft, encapsulated in the rocket’s 17.7-foot (5.4-meter) out-of-autoclave (OoA) […]

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GOES T Launch Dynamics

MISSION OVERVIEW A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket will deliver the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GOES-T spacecraft to an optimized geosynchronous transfer orbit. The optimized orbit places GOES-T closer to its final destination thereby conserving the satellite’s fuel supply for longer mission life. The mission is conducted in collaboration with […]

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GOES-T Encapsulated inside payload fairings

Payload Encapsulation The United Launch Alliance Atlas V payload fairings are being secured around NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. The payload fairing (PLF) provides a controlled, safe environment for spacecraft during ascent. This will be the last view of GOES-T here on earth! Photo credit: […]

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Atlas V assembled to launch GOES-T

Atlas V 541 rocket Assembly United Launch Alliance (ULA) technicians have assembled the Atlas V 541 rocket to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-T spacecraft. Assembly of the rocket, designated AV-095, began on Jan. 31, 2022, The 107-foot (33-meter) long first stage was delivered to the VIF, hoisted […]

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Mapping Ground Stations

It’s a small world after all…. Thinking of all the people from all around the world I have met through this nerdy hobby, and all the various countries they come from, I decided to try and map them out, on a global basis. There are lots and lots of sites that allow you to create […]

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GOES-T Encapsulation

Preparing GOES-T for Encapsulation February 4, 2022. At Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida, technicians are now moving NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T). The spacecraft is being prepared for encapsulation inside its protective payload fairings.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett GOES-T is scheduled to launch on March 1, 2022, atop a United Launch Alliance […]

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Rocket Stacking underway for GOES-T

Rocket Stacking underway for GOES-T United Launch Alliance, has started stacking the Atlas 5 that will launch GOES-T. The spacecraft, encapsulated within its five-meter payload fairing, is scheduled to be installed on the rocket Feb. 15 for final tests before rollout and launch. The four GEM 63 solid rocket boosters and the Centaur upper stage […]

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GOES-T mated to the payload adapter

NOAA’s GOES-T ‘Starting to Come Together’ GOES-T LAUNCH COUNTDOWN An activity completed at Astrotech’s Space Operations facility in Titusville today brings NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite T (GOES-T) mission one significant step closer to its March 1, 2022, liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida in just over a month. On Jan. 27, 2022, the […]

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OIG reccomends changes to NOAA GOES launch schedule/storage

NOAA Should Reassess Geostationary Satellite Launch Plans The Commerce Department Inspector General warned last week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may be increasing risk in the development of its environmental satellites. OIG auditors did not ask for a delay of GOES-T’s launch, they did ask NOAA to conduct an analysis of alternatives regarding whether to […]

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