Rocket: Atlas V 541
Mission: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S)
Launch Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Launch Time: The 2-hour launch window opens at 5:02 p.m. EST
Live Broadcast: Tune in live on March 1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Mission Descri ption: GOES-S is the second of four satellites to be launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a new and advanced series of spacecraft. Once in geostationary orbit, it will be known as GOES-17. Like the other satellites in the series, GOES-S carries a suite of sophisticated Earth-sensing, lightning-detecting, solar imaging and space weather monitoring instruments. The advanced technology on board GOES-S will provide critical data and imagery in near-real time on severe weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods, as well as hazards like fog, aerosols, dust storms, volcanic eruptions and forest fires.