Media invited to NOAA’s satellite mission control facility for GOES-R launch on Nov. 19

Top officials from NOAA and NASA will be available for interviews
November 15, 2016 The first of NOAA’s advanced geostationary weather satellites will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19, ushering in more timely and accurate forecasts and warnings. Journalists are invited to watch the launch alongside NOAA weather and satellite experts, among other officials, at our satellite operations facility in Suitland, Maryland.
NOAA's National Satellite Operations Facility, Suitland, Md.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R, or GOES-R, is set to launch  at approximately 5:42 p.m. EST aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket.

At the operations facility, media can interview satellite and weather experts, get a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of NOAA’s Satellite Operations Facility, the “mission control” center for 17 U.S. and foreign environmental satellites.

Live broadcast of the launch of NOAA’s GOES-R satellite

Dr. Louis Uccellini, director, NOAA’s National Weather Service
Mark Paese, deputy director, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service
Vanessa Griffin, director, NOAA’s Office of Satellite and Product Operations

Chris Scolese, director, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center​

WHEN (times subject to change):

Sat., Nov. 19

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. – experts available for interviews, view mission control

  • 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – presentations

  • 5:00 p.m. - 5:42 p.m. – countdown to GOES-R launch

  • Closing remarks following launch


NOAA Satellite Operations Facility
Suitland Federal Campus
4321 Suitland Road
Suitland, Md.


Media must register to attend the event through no later than noon Nov. 18 to secure security clearance and receive instructions for accessing the facility. Attendees will watch NASA-TV’s broadcast of the launch live. B-roll of GOES-R is available. Refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about NOAA’s GOES-R mission:

News release:         


Media contact:​​
Maureen O’Leary, 301-427-9000 (office), 202-578-5257 (cell)