In the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., the GOES-O satellite is rotated on a stand for blanket inspection. The latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-O was developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. Once in orbit, GOES-O will be designated GOES-14, and NASA will provide on-orbit checkout and then transfer operational responsibility to NOAA. The GOES-O satellite is targeted to launch April 28 onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV expendable launch vehicle.
Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann
March 19, 2009