ULA launches Atlas V rocket from Space Coast

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An Atlas V rocket carrying a series of advanced weather satellites lifted off from Cape Canaveral Tuesday afternoon.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Program (GOES) is a joint effort of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


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The satellites, called “GOES-T,” will provide NASA and NOAA with continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere.

This was the third launch of a GOES series satellite aboard a ULA Atlas rocket.

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Once deployed, the satellites will stay in a fixed orbit roughly 22,000 miles over Hawaii and track storms as they move across the country.

More information about the GOES program can be found here.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.