NASA Prepares for a Satellite Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) — NASA says it will provide television and Internet coverage of next week’s launch of its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P.

The GOES-P satellite is scheduled for launch aboard a Delta IV rocket next Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-hour launch window extends from 6:19 p.m. to 7:19 p.m. EST.

GOES-P — to be operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service — will provide expanded capability for space and solar environment-monitoring instruments, NASA said. The satellite will enhance forecasts and warnings for solar disturbances, thereby helping protect billions of dollars in investments by the government and private sector for electronic assets on the ground and in space, officials said.

GOES-P is the last of three in the series of geostationary weather and environmental satellites built for NASA by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. The spacecraft will be checked out by NASA and Boeing before being turned over to NOAA for operational use.

NASA TV says it will provide launch coverage, beginning with a news conference at 4 p.m. EST Monday, as well as live launch day coverage beginning next Tuesday with countdown coverage starting at 4 p.m. and continuing for 30 minutes after liftoff.

NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video are available at

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