GOES-N Satellite Arrives at KSC for Final Pre-Launch Testing

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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Cynthia M. O'Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center
(Phone: 301/614-5563)

John Leslie
(Phone: 301/457-5005)

RELEASE: 24-05


The latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 
developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA), called GOES-N, arrived today by a C17 military 
cargo aircraft at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility 
from the manufacturing plant in El Segundo, Calif. 

The GOES-N satellite is targeted to launch May 4 onboard a Boeing 
expendable launch vehicle Delta IV (4,2) with a 3-burn second stage 
operation. Once in orbit GOES-N will be designated GOES-13 and will 
complete checkout and be placed in on-orbit storage as a replacement 
for an older GOES satellite. 

After arriving, the satellite was transported to Astrotech in 
Titusville, Fla., where final testing of the imaging system, 
instrumentation, communications and power systems will be performed. 
These tests will take approximately two months to complete. Then the 
spacecraft will be fueled with propellant for the attitude control 
system, encapsulated in the nose fairing and prepared for transport 
to the launch pad. 

GOES-N is the first spacecraft to be launched in the new GOES-N/O/P 
series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. The GOES 
satellites continuously provide observations of 60 percent of the 
Earth including the continental United States, providing weather 
monitoring and forecast operations as well as a continuous and 
reliable stream of environmental information and severe weather 

On board GOES-N will be an advanced attitude control system using star 
trackers and an optical bench onto which the Imager and Sounder are 
mounted providing enhanced instrument-pointing ability. These 
enhancements improve image navigation and registration to better 
locate severe storms and other events important to NOAA. NASA Goddard 
Space Flight Center and the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, 
Data and Information Service (NESDIS) have set a higher standard of 
accuracy for the GOES-N series, including data pixel location to 
approximately two kilometers from geosynchronous orbit of 35,000 km 
(22,300 miles) above the Earth's surface. 

The multi-mission GOES-N Series will be a vital contributor to 
weather, solar, and space operations and future science improvements 
with weather prediction and remote sensing. The GOES-N Series will 
aid severe storm warnings, resource management, search and rescue, 
emergency managers, and likely lead to additional advances in 
environmental sciences and multifaceted data applications of remotely 
sensed phenomena. GOES-N data will add to the global climate change 
databases of knowledge, embracing many civil and government 
environmental forecasting organizations that work to benefit people 
everywhere and help save lives. 

GOES-N will carry the government-furnished ITT built Imager and 
Sounder instruments to provide regular measurements of the Earth's 
atmosphere, cloud cover, ocean temperatures, and land surfaces. 
GOES-N will carry a new operational government-furnished Solar X-ray 
Imager built by Lockheed. Space Environment Monitor instruments were 
part of the Boeing spacecraft contract and were built by Science 
Applications International Corporation and Assurance Technology 

The Boeing Delta IV (4,2) Expendable Launch Vehicle was erected on 
February 16, 2005, at the Space Launch Complex (SLC 37B) at Cape 
Canaveral Air Force Station. The two solid rocket boosters were 
attached the following week. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 
Greenbelt, Md., is responsible for the procurement of the GOES 
satellites for NOAA including final testing in Florida and the 
initial on-orbit checkout. NOAA is responsible for satellite 
operation, data distribution and management of the program. 

Boeing Expendable Launch Systems will conduct the commercial launch 
with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launch license. Boeing 
is responsible for the Delta IV launch vehicle processing at SLC-37B, 
the integration of the GOES-N spacecraft with the Boeing Delta IV and 
the launch countdown activities. 

For more information about GOES-N and the geostationary satellites on 
the Web, visit: 




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