Experts to preview March launch of NOAA’s GOES-T satellite

Data will continue improving weather forecasts, monitoring solar storms

Artist's rendering of NOAA's GOES-T, which will provide coverage of the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, the eastern and central Pacific Ocean to New Zealand.
Artist's rendering of NOAA's GOES-T, which will provide coverage of the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, the eastern and central Pacific Ocean to New Zealand. (NOAA)

Experts from NOAA, NASA, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed Martin and L3Harris will hold a virtual media briefing to preview the upcoming launch and mission of NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in a series of four advanced geostationary weather satellites. 

GOES-T will provide fast, accurate data for tracking destructive wildfires, lightning, Pacific Ocean-based storm systems, dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the western continental U.S., Hawaii and Alaska. The satellite will also monitor solar activity and space weather for early warnings of disruptions to power grids, communications, and navigation systems. 

GOES-T is scheduled to launch March 1 at 4:38 p.m. EST aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Once in orbit and declared operational, GOES-T will be renamed GOES-18 and replace GOES-17 in the GOES-West position, monitoring the western part of the United States. 

WHAT

Virtual media briefing about NOAA’s next-generation GOES-T weather satellite.

WHEN

Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. EST

HOW

Use this link offsite link to access the Media Day. (For the best experience, download the Adobe Connect app offsite link.)  The audio will be streamed live on nasa.gov/live 

WHO

  • Pam Sullivan, Director, NOAA’s GOES-R Program 
  • John Gagosian, Director, NASA’s Joint Agency Satellite Division
  • Dan Lindsey, Ph.D, NOAA’s GOES-R Program Scientist
  • James Yoe, Ph.D, Chief Administrator for the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation
  • Candace Carlisle, GOES-R Flight Project Manager, NASA-Goddard
  • Rex Engelhardt, GOES-T Mission Manager, NASA’s Launch Services Program 
  • Jagdeep Shergill, GOES-T Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Larry Crawford, ABI Program Manager, Spectral Solutions, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris Technologies 
  • Scott Messer, United Launch Alliance, Program Manager, NASA Launch Services

Media contact

John Leslie, john.leslie@noaa.gov