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GOES-U Weather Satellite Launched by Lockheed Martin

Our Bureau - : Jun 27, 2024 - : 8:07 pm

The GOES-U weather satellite, constructed by Lockheed Martin for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday (Jun. 25) at 5:26 p.m. ET. The satellite, carried into space by a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, has successfully deployed its solar array and established communication with mission operators.

GOES-U is the last satellite in NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R series. Once it reaches geostationary orbit, approximately two weeks post-launch, it will be renamed GOES-19. Positioned over the East Coast of North America, it will then be known as GOES East, providing advanced weather imagery, atmospheric measurements, real-time lightning mapping, and space weather observations.

“The launch of GOES-U is the culmination of more than 16 years of designing, building and launching four important weather satellites for our nation,” said Jagdeep Shergill, GOES-U programme manager and director of Geo Weather Programmes at Lockheed Martin. “Since the launch of the first GOES-R satellite, our nation has had more accurate weather forecasts and more timely severe storm warnings, and this critical service has positively affected everyone in the U.S.”

NOAA’s satellites provide essential data for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, and climate monitoring. Equipped with advanced instruments and rapid updates, they enhance the detection of atmospheric phenomena such as hurricanes, wildfires, and lightning. This real-time data supports the National Weather Service and meteorologists in early warnings, disaster preparedness, and resource management, ultimately saving lives and reducing economic losses.

GOES-U will provide crucial weather and climate data into the 2030s. Following this launch, the company has been selected by NASA to develop the next generation weather satellite constellation, Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO), for NOAA. GeoXO’s capabilities aim to deliver more accurate weather forecasting and address emerging environmental challenges.

NOAA funds, manages, and operates the GOES-R series satellites, while NASA oversees the acquisition and development of the spacecraft, instruments, and launch vehicles. The programme is co-located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


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