Sunday, April 5, 2009

New environmental satellite going up

SpaceRef.com: The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O, or GOES-O, that will be launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket in late April, will be the focus of a media opportunity on Friday, March 20. The event will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. EDT at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla.

The event will include an opportunity to photograph GOES-O and interview project officials from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, and Boeing Satellite Systems. Media may proceed directly to Astrotech located in the Spaceport Florida Industrial Park, 1515 Chaffee Drive, Titusville at 9:15 a.m. Due to the amount of time needed for accreditation for foreign nationals, international media will not be able to attend this event.

GOES-O, which becomes GOES-14 when it reaches orbit, is the second of three new geostationary weather and environmental satellites built for NASA by Boeing Satellite Systems. GOES-N was launched in 2006, GOES-O is to be launched this year, and GOES-P is currently planned for launch in 2010….

The solar array for GOES O after its arrival in the Astrotech payload processing facility