Press Release 95-22
[Note: GOES-J Launch page contains images and links.]
Lori J. Rachul
NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER ENGINEERS RESPONSIBLE FOR
LAUNCH MANAGEMENT OF GOES-J WEATHER SATELLITE
CLEVELAND, OH -- More than 20 engineers from NASA's Lewis
Research Center will be on hand at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to
oversee the launch of the GOES-J weather satellite aboard the AC-77
Atlas I rocket. Launch is scheduled for May 19 at the opening of a
launch window that extends from 1:42 a.m. to 2:55 a.m. EDT.
The spacecraft, the second in a series of five advanced
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) being built
for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is
expected to dramatically improve the Nation's ability to predict and track
severe weather over or near its territory.
"GOES-J will focus on tracking weather over the western part of
the United States. GOES-I, now called GOES-8 has been operational
since April 1994, observes weather patterns over the eastern part of the
Country," said Gary Sagerman, mission manager and member of Lewis'
Launch Vehicle Project Office. The two-satellite system will provide area
coverage of about one half of the globe.
Lewis' Launch Vehicle Project Office, which has managed the
Atlas/Centaur vehicle program for over 30 years, is responsible for this
launch under NASA's plan to acquire Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV)
transportation services commercially. Lewis engineers have
responsibility for integration and mission analysis, system engineering;
verification and validation of controls, structures, and software; and
flight readiness assessment.
Lockheed Martin Corp. in Denver, Colo., under a contract to Lewis
Research Center, will provide the launch vehicle and launch services
including design and production, integrated systems tests, launch site
assembly, launch countdown, and post flight analysis.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is
responsible for project management of the GOES program under NASA's
Office of Mission to Planet Earth.
GOES-J was built for NASA and NOAA by Space Systems/Loral of
Palo Alto, Calif. NOAA is responsible for the in-orbit operation of the
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