Press Release

Boeing to Launch GOES-P Weather Satellite on March 2nd

By SpaceRef Editor
February 22, 2010
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Boeing to Launch GOES-P Weather Satellite on March 2nd

Who: Boeing joins NASA, NOAA, United Launch Alliance and the U.S. Air Force 45thth Space Wing

What: Boeing-built GOES-P satellite launch on a Delta IV rocket

Where: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

When: Tuesday, March 2, 6:19 p.m. Eastern Time

Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced that the commercial launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P, (GOES-P) is scheduled for March 2 aboard a Delta IV rocket.

The launch will take place from Space Launch Complex-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., with a launch window extending from 6:19 to 7:19 p.m. Eastern time.

Boeing Launch Services procured the launch vehicle and associated support services from United Launch Alliance. A Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) configuration launch vehicle is expected to deploy the GOES-P spacecraft approximately four hours and 21 minutes after liftoff. The GOES-P satellite manufactured by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is set to receive signal acquisition within an hour following separation.

The multi-mission GOES series will be a vital contributor to weather, solar, and space operations and science. On board GOES-P will be a highly advanced attitude control system that will foster enhanced instrument performance for improved weather service quality. GOES-P 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.

Notes to Media:

Media photographers wishing to place remote cameras at the launch pad: Meet at the Space X parking lot by 7:00 a.m. Eastern time on launch day, Tuesday, March 2. Photographers without permanent KSC credentials that have a request in the online system may pick up their badges for the GOES-P mission at the Pass & ID Building I outside Gate 1 between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. for remote camera placement. U.S. Media attending launch day viewing: Please go to and submit your request for accreditation. Deadline for U.S. media is February 26. The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Badging Office on SR-405 is open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please call NASA/KSC Press Site’s Laurel Lichtenberger at 321-867-4036 or for questions. Note: There will be no convoy into the KSC Press Site on launch day – all media without permanent credentials must submit their requests through the online system and must pick up their KSC credentials at the KSC Badging Office by 4:00 p.m. on either L-1 or launch day.

On launch day, Tuesday, March 2, NASA TV countdown coverage begins at 4 p.m. Eastern time and will conclude 30 minutes after liftoff. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

Audio only of launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, – 1240, and -1260. On launch day, “Mission Audio,” the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at noon. Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

Prelaunch and launch day coverage of GOES-P mission will be available on the NASA Web site at:

Updated information is also available on the Boeing Launch Hotline (714) 896-4770. ###


Susan Wells
Space Exploration
Office: 321-264-8580
Mobile: 321- 446-4970

Angie Yoshimura
Space and Intelligence Systems
Office: 310-364-6708
Mobile: 310-227-6568

SpaceRef staff editor.