Photos: Atlas V Lights Up the Night Over Florida’s Space Coast, lifting GOES-R Weather Sat

Riding on pillars of smoke and flames, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral to lift into orbit the GOES-R next-generation weather satellite that will revolutionize the collection of meteorological data over the Western hemisphere.

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Photos: Atlas V rolls to Cape Canaveral Launch Pad for Liftoff with next-gen Weather Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, topped with the GOES-R weather satellite, rolls out from its assembly building to reach the launch pad at SLC-41, Cape Canaveral to begin the final countdown to liftoff, marking the start of a new era in weather forecasting.

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Photos: GOES-R completes Final Processing for Launch

The GOES-R Weather Satellite undergoes final preparations for liftoff, being delivered to Cape Canaveral to be readied for launch atop an Atlas V rocket by finishing outfitting of the large satellite, loading it with propellant for its flight and putting it through final tests before encapsulating the satellite in the protective payload fairing and installing it atop the Atlas V rocket.

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Photos: GOES-R Satellite Assembly & Testing

The GOES-R next generation Geostationary Weather Satellite is assembled at Lockheed Martin’s facilities before being integrated with its six instrument to keep close watch over weather on Earth, developments in the atmosphere, solar activity that can affect space- and airborne assets and space weather capable of affecting satellites operations.

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