The advanced NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, launched March 1 from Cape Canaveral, has achieved geostationary orbit and been redesignated GOES 17. The milestone sets the stage for six months of instrument and operational checkout at 90 deg. west longitude, according to the prelaunch plan outlined by Joe Pica, director of the National Weather Service Office of Operations. By late this year, GOES 17 is to be relocated to ...

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