Image above: As the sun rises, a Boeing
Delta IV rocket stands ready to launch the
GOES-N satellite at Launch Complex 37 at
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Image credit: NASA
GOES-N is the latest in a series of Earth monitoring satellites. Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on the Earth's surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms, and hurricanes.
The multimission GOES series N-P is the next series of satellites. This series will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations, and science. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are actively engaged in a cooperative program to expand the existing GOES system with the launch of the GOES N-P satellites.
GOES-N is the first in the new series of spacecraft.
6:11 to 7:11 p.m. EDT
Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Boeing Delta IV
Source: NASA - Missions - GOES-N