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Rocket launch scheduled Thursday afternoon from Cape Canaveral


The launch of the new satellite will be streamed on the FOX31 and Channel 2 Facebook pages.

Lockheed Martin designed, built and tested the satellite and is responsible for spacecraft launch processing.

"GOES S increases the coverage of our nation and will contribute to the quality and timeliness of weather data - but it is also more than that." said Tim Gasparrini, GOES R vice president and program manager at Lockheed Martin Space. NASA along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will launch the GOES-S satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 5:02 p.m. EST (22:02 GMT) for which, NASA will provide live feed via NASA TV. It will hover and scan weather-related data for the Western United States which has remained under-defined by previous GEOS Satellites.

NOAA will be launching a new weather satellite on Thursday that will change the way meteorologists track the weather in the United States. "There are unique aspects of these intense Pacific storms that we'll be able to observe more accurately and use in our forecast process". GOES-S is the second satellite in NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) - R Series.

GOES-17 will work in tandem with GOES-16, the first satellite in NOAA's new geostationary series, now at the GOES-East position. The satellite will send down the highest-resolution pictures of hurricanes. Besides fire, lightning and tropical storms, the satellite can also track the influx of charged particles and radiation from the sun called space weather.




These early successes prompted National Weather Service director Louis Uccellini to declare that GOES-16's services were "better than we expected" while at the launch for its high-tech partner satellite. The state-of-the-art satellite was able to spot wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma a year ago before emergency responders were even alerted. GOES-16 also observed the uncertain path of Hurricanes Irma and the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria in September. The same first-class service is now coming to the Pacific region. "It allows the researchers to see the dynamics in a way that just looking at numbers just doesn't reveal - the visual impact is remarkable".

If all goes well, the satellite will be released into a preliminary elliptical orbit three-and-a-half hours after launch.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - Thursday, March 1, 4:30 p.m. - Coverage of GOES-S launch. GOES-S is the second in the series of weather satellites.

The four-satellite GOES-R program has a total budget of $10.8 billion through its entire life cycle.

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