NASA awards contract for environmental satellite launch services

Stephen Kuper

NASA has selected United Launch Services of Centennial, Colarado, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) mission.

NASA awards contract for environmental satellite launch services
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The mission will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment, real-time mapping of total lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.

The total cost for NASA to launch GOES-T is approximately $165.7 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.

The GOES-T mission currently is targeted to launch in December 2021 on an Atlas V 541 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

GOES-T is the third spacecraft in the next generation GOES-R Series of geostationary weather satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The GOES-R Series includes GOES-R, S, T, and U.

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NASA’s Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the ULS launch service.

The GOES-R Flight Projects Office is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The GOES-R Program is managed by NOAA.

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