Thursday, February 25, 2010

NASA preparing GOES-P for March 2 launch


NASA is all ready to launch the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P (GOES-P) aboard a Delta IV rocket which will be launched by United Launch Alliance for Boeing Launch Services.

According to NASA, the spacecraft will be commences from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch is embattled for March 2, during a launch window from 6:19 to 7:19 p.m. EST (3rd March, 04:49 to 05:49 a.m IST).

GOES-P represents the latest generation of environmental satellites built by Boeing for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the technical guidance and project management of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

GOES are the backbone of NOAA's severe weather forecasts, examining fast-changing conditions in the atmosphere that spawn hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other hazards, said Steve Kirkner, GOES program manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, according to the report.

The GOES satellites present observations of more than 50% of the Earth as well as environmental information and severe weather warnings.

GOES-P is the third and last spacecraft to be launched in the GOES N Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. Other than forecasting weather on Earth GOES-P with the help of the Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI) will constantly monitor solar conditions.

GOES-P once in orbit will be designated as GOES-15 and will thus provide timely ecological information to meteorologists and the public, as per the report.

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