29th April 14:51
NASA Announces New GOES-N Launch Date
May 18, 2006
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
NOAA, Suitland, Md.
MEDIA ADVISORY: M06-088
NASA ANNOUNCES NEW WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCH DATE
NASA announced the launch date for a weather satellite that will
provide timely environmental information to meteorologists and the
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-N, known as
GOES-N, will launch Wednesday, May 24, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch window is from 6:11 to
7:11 p.m. EDT. NASA TV will carry the launch live.
GOES-N joins a system of weather satellites that graphically display
the intensity, path and size of storms. Early warning about severe
weather enhances the public's ability to take shelter and protect
GOES-N will be launched on a Boeing Delta IV rocket under a commercial
license with the Federal Aviation Administration. The satellite will
be turned over to NASA after Boeing completes a successful checkout.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration manages the GOES
program, establishes requirements, provides all funding and
distributes environmental satellite data for the United States.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., procures and
manages the development and launch of the satellites for NOAA on a
cost reimbursable basis, and Boeing built it. For more information
about GOES-N, visit:
NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an
MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72
degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical
polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 137 degrees
west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal
polarization. For live streaming video of the launch coverage and
digital downlink information, visit:
For information about NASA and other agency programs, visit: