Photos: GOES-S Pre-Launch Processing

The GOES-S weather satellite undergoes final pre-launch processing tasks at the Astrotech Facility in Titusville in preparation for launch on an Atlas V rocket in the first quarter of 2018. After being unpacked following a cross-country flight, GOES-S entered a final round of functional tests, fit checks with its launch vehicle adapter and propellant loading prior to encapsulation in its protective payload fairing. GOES-S will join the GOES-R spacecraft that entered regular operation in 2017 to provide complete coverage of the contiguous United States, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans where weather systems capable of affecting the U.S. form.

All Photos: NASA Kennedy