NEWS AN D Holes Third Satellite in GOES Series Launched in April mand and control, data receipt, and product gen- The third in a series of five U.S. weather satellites eration and distribution. was launched last month by the National Oceanic and NASA' s Goddard Space Flight Center manages Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA from the GOES contract for NASA's Office of Mission Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. The satellite, to Planet Earth and manages the design, develop- GOES-K, will be called GOES-IO once it achieves ment, and launch of the spacecraft for NOAA. The orbit. It will be parked in orbit at 105°W and placed launch services contract with Lockheed Martin is into operation when needed as a replacement for maintained by NASA's Lewis Research Center, and GOES-8 or GOES-9. NASA' s Kennedy Space Center is responsible for The first two new generation weather satellites, governmen t oversight of launch operations and GOES-8 (GOES-I) and GOES-9 (GOES-J), are cur- countdown activities. rently in geostationary orbit. GOES-I was launched NOAA GOES-K, built by Space Systems/Loral, a on 13 April 1994 from Cape Canaveral Air Station. subsidiary of Loral Space and Communications Ltd., This satellite, renamed GOES-8 once it achieved
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 1997
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