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Press Release 95-22

[Note: GOES-J Launch page contains images and links.]

Lori J. Rachul
(Bus: 216/433-8806)


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 system.

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