NASA NOAA GOES-R Launch Viewing
Watch the launch November 16!
A collaborative mission between NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) will launch the GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series) weather satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Launch viewing opportunities for GOES-R are available at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, NASA Causeway, and the main visitor complex with bleacher seating and launch commentary. Launch Viewing/Transportation Tickets to LC-39 Observation Gantry are available for $49, in addition to daily admission. Tickets to NASA Causeway are available for $39, in addition to daily admission. Tickets for LC-39 and NASA Causeway are available online and by calling 855-475-8415. The main visitor complex viewing area is included with daily admission and is located next to Space Shuttle Atlantis. Restrooms and other amenities are available at all viewing areas.
Also on launch day, United Launch Alliance engineers will present the mission briefing at Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted and NASA outreach exhibits will be available throughout the visitor complex.
NOAA’s next generation of geostationary weather satellites
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is the nation’s next generation of geostationary weather satellites. The GOES-R series will significantly improve the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and our nation’s economic health and prosperity.
The satellites will provide advanced imaging with increased spatial resolution and faster coverage for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity.
The GOES-R series is a four-satellite program (GOES-R/S/T/U) that will extend the availability of the operational GOES satellite system through 2036.
The GOES-R spacecraft bus will be three-axis stabilized and designed for 10 years of on-orbit operation preceded by up to five years of on-orbit storage. The spacecraft will carry three classifications of instruments: nadir-pointing, solar-pointing, and in-situ.