CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Nov. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NOAA's GOES-R weather satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was successfully launched today at 6:42 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket. The spacecraft successfully deployed its large solar array, which provides its electrical power, and established communications with mission operators.
The first of four next-generation geostationary weather satellites, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series, or GOES-R, will provide a major improvement in quality, quantity and timeliness of weather data collected over the Western Hemisphere. This accurate real-time data will be used to provide short-term forecasts, severe storm warnings, maritime forecasts, seasonal predictions and space weather alerts. "GOES-R will substantially improve our nation's weather and space weather prediction capability ," said Tim Gasparrini, GOES-R vice president and program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "This is a prime example of how our expertise in spacecraft development, earth instruments and space-science instruments can combine to save lives and property."