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News Archive / Tagged: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Gallery: Falcon Heavy pushes back the night on STP-2 flight

    Jason RhianJune 26th, 2019

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Although STP-2 didn't launch right on time, before the close of Monday's launch window - the job got done. History was seared into every inch of Florida's skies after the Falcon Heavy rocket left the pad at 2:30 a.m. EDT (06:30 GMT) on Tuesday, June 25.

  • NOAA to launch six weather satellites later this month

    Laurel KornfeldJune 18th, 2019

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans to launch six remote-sensing micro-satellites next week, which will monitor weather in space and on Earth beginning approximately seven months after launch.

  • Coolant problems found on GOES 17 satellite

    Jason RhianMay 24th, 2018

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found a performance problem with an instrument's cooling system on the GOES-17 spacecraft. The satellite was launched March 1, 2018, atop an Atlas V 541 rocket.

  • Satellite data shows largest CO2 increase comes from Earth’s tropics

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 16th, 2017

    Data collected by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, launched in 2014 to measure changing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) worldwide, indicate Earth's tropics have been the largest sources of recent CO2 emissions.

  • GOES-S, GOES-T satellites on track for launch

    Joe LatrellAugust 15th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In November 2016, the GOES-R spacecraft, part of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system, was launched. It was the first in a new class of weather monitoring satellites built for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). After transitioning to a geostationary orbit, it gained a new name – GOES-16. Now two of the follow-up spacecraft, GOES-S and GOES-T, are on track to be completed and launched as scheduled.

  • NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite to showcase its lightning detection capabilities

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 21st, 2017

    NOAA’s new highly advanced GOES-16 (formerly known as GOES-R) weather satellite, which has just completed its third month in space, is expected to provide crucial data necessary to detect the presence of lightning earlier and better than before.

  • GOES-16 returns first images

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 24th, 2017

    The 16th satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite fleet (GOES-16) has returned the first images following its launch in November 2016. Formerly known as GOES-R, the satellite is the first in the next generation of Earth and space weather observing satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite launch delayed to July

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 5th, 2017

    The flight of the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) has been postponed to a date no earlier than July 2017. According to SpaceNews, the delay was because of technical issues.

  • Pioneering science instrument ISS-RapidScat decommissioned

    Curt GodwinNovember 29th, 2016

    Two years may only be half of a typical course of study at a university, but for NASA's pioneering International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) science instrument, it was a lifetime.

  • Photo Gallery: The launch of GOES-R

    Mike DeepNovember 29th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Lofting into space the most advanced weather satellite, United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket soared into the black. The workhorse delivered GOES-R to geostationary orbit some three hours later. The window for the Nov. 19 launch was an hour long, and ULA needed every minute of it as multiple issues cropped up postponing the liftoff to 6:42 p.m. EST (23:42 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 41.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: NASA / NOAA’s GOES-R satellite on ULA Atlas V 541

    Jason RhianNovember 23rd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — ULA sent a powerful iteration of their Atlas V rockets into the early evening skies on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Carrying the GOES-R weather satellite, the launch vehicle lifted off from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral at 6:52 p.m. EST. Here is SFI's exclusive video from that flight.

  • ULA launches next-generation GOES-R weather satellite

    Curt GodwinNovember 20th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The launch window extended for an hour, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) needed every minute of it. After working through multiple issues, the Atlas V rocketed spaceward on a mission to send the most advanced weather satellite, GOES-R, into geostationary orbit.

  • JPSS-2 satellite design review completed in leadup to launch

    Jason RhianSeptember 15th, 2016

    Orbital ATK engineers working on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) second Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-2) have wrapped up the spacecraft Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The roughly four-day long PDR ran from Aug. 29 until Sept. 1 at the company's facility located in Gilbert, Arizona.

  • NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite delivered to Astrotech for final processing

    Jason RhianAugust 24th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NOAA's new GOES-R satellite has been delivered to Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. The delivery of the spacecraft sets the stage for the satellite's planned Nov. 4, 2016, launch.

  • Should we worry about geomagnetic storms caused by solar activity?

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 14th, 2016

    The Sun’s unexpected and unpredictable activity that takes place on its surface throughout the years tell us we should prepare for the worst. Huge explosions of plasma from the Sun’s corona, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), could one day produce extremely powerful geomagnetic storms that could strike Earth with enormous destructive power.