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Article Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

GOES-P launched on Thursday, March 4, 2010

GOES-P Launch: GOES-P was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:57 p.m. (EST) . GOES-P is the third and last in the current series of NOAA geostationary satellites, and will be re-named GOES-15 when it reaches it's operational orbit on March 17, 2010. GOES-P joins the current constellation of GOES-11 (West), GOES-12 (East), GOES-13 (standby), and GOES-14 (spare). GOES provides continuous observations of environmental conditions of North, Central and South America and surrounding oceans. They provide data critical for fast, accurate weather forecasts and warnings, detecting solar storm activity and relaying distress signals from emergency beacons.

NSOF Launch Team monitoring GOES-P shortly after launch

Photo caption: NSOF Launch Team monitoring GOES-P shortly after launch.

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