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NASA Awards Launch Contract For Goes-R And Goes-S Missions



April 05, 2012

Michael Braukus 
Headquarters, Washington                                    
202-358-1979 
michael.j.braukus@xxxxxxxx 

George H. Diller 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
321-867-2468 
george.h.diller@xxxxxxxx 


CONTRACT RELEASE: C12-016

NASA AWARDS LAUNCH CONTRACT FOR GOES-R AND GOES-S MISSIONS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC 
of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Geostationary Operational 
Environmental Satellites-R and S, or GOES-R and GOES-S. The 
spacecraft will launch in October 2015 and February 2017, 
respectively, aboard Atlas V 541 rockets from Space Launch Complex-41 
at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 

The total cost of the GOES-R and GOES-S launch services is 
approximately $446 million. This estimated cost includes launch 
service for the Atlas V and additional services under other contracts 
for payload processing, launch vehicle integration, mission unique 
launch site ground support and tracking, data and telemetry services. 


The advanced spacecraft and instrument technology used on GOES-R and 
GOES-S will result in more timely and accurate weather forecasts. It 
will improve detection and observation of meteorological phenomena 
that directly affect people's lives. 

The GOES-R and GOES-S Flight Projects Office, which oversees the 
development of the Space Segment, is managed by NASA's Goddard Space 
Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., The overall GOES-R and GOES-S 
Program is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA). NASA's Launch Services Program based at the 
Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for Atlas V launch 
vehicle program management and launch services. 

For information about NASA and its missions, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov 

	
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