The GOES-P Satellite was successfully launched at 6:57 p.m. on March 4, 2010 on a Delta IV booster from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch vehicle performance was nominal. Orbit raising was completed on March16 with a geosynchronous orbit at 90 degrees West, at which time the spacecraft was renamed GOES-15. Solar Array was successfully deployed on March 17; all spacecraft systems reporting nominal performance once in Sun acquisition mode. Efforts to power up the Sun imager (SXI) unsuccessful due to an apparent electrical short preventing the instrument's camera from obtaining sufficient voltage to take pictures. Spacecraft arrives at 105 degrees West from initial 90 degree West location, with final handover to NOAA in Storage Mode on September 2. GOES-15 is the third and final spacecraft to be launched in the GOES NOP series of satellites.

GOES-P Milestones

  • First full disk visible image acquired on April 6 starting at 1:33 p.m. EDT.

  • First full-disk infrared image of the Earth acquired on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

  • SXI electrical fault is cleared, boosting the SXI voltages to the expected range; instrument is activated on June 3.

  • First solar image from SXI instrument acquired June 2.

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