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GOES-T Launch

NOAA's GOES-T Satellite

NOAA celebrated the successful launch on March 1 at 4:38 p.m. ET. 

GOES-T Lift-Off 

NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in a series of four advanced geostationary weather satellites, blasted into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket at 4:38 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 1st from Cape Canaveral, Florida. 



Image of the GOES-T Satellite, Atlas V rocket lift off

GOES-T Launch: Guest Presentation

The launch of NOAA’s GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites, in 2016 and 2018, forever changed the world of environmental monitoring and hazard detection in the Western Hemisphere. 

As the first two of the GOES-R series of advanced geostationary satellites, they have already begun providing an unprecedented leap forward in US weather observations. Their advanced instruments are streaming back more detailed views of weather events, faster than ever before.  

Now, that legacy is set to continue with the upcoming launch of GOES-T, which will become GOES-18 once in orbit.

Road to the Launch

The GOES-T team has spent years building the instruments and spacecraft, integrating all of the satellite’s components, and conducting rigorous testing to make sure it can withstand the harsh conditions of launch and residing 22,236 miles above Earth. So it’s time to launch it into space, right? Not quite yet! 


GOES-T launch timeline

Mission Facts

NOAA’s GOES-T is the third satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series, the Western Hemisphere’s most sophisticated weather-observing and environmental-monitoring system. The GOES-R Series provides advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and monitoring of space weather.



GOES-18 will be positioned to monitor weather systems and hazards affecting the western contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, and the Pacific Ocean. In this position, the satellite will be known as "GOES West". 

GOES-18 will work in tandem with GOES-16, now serving as "GOES East".  Together, these satellites will watch over more than half the globe – from New Zealand to the west coast of Africa. The current GOES West (GOES-17) will become an on-orbit spare.

Benefits & Capabilities

As GOES West, GOES-18 will be positioned to watch over the western contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, and the Pacific Ocean. The satellite will be ideally located to monitor weather systems and hazards that most affect this region of the Western Hemisphere, including:

  • Atmospheric Weather
  • Environmental Hazard Monitoring 
  • Ocean Observations
  • Space Weather


GOES-T Media Resources

An artist's rendering of the GOES-T satellite in orbit.

NOAA’s GOES-T is scheduled to launch on March 1, 2022, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. GOES-T is the third satellite in the GOES-R Series, the Western Hemisphere’s most advanced weather-observing and environmental-monitoring system. Here are some resources to assist media outlets leading up to the launch.

GOES-T Satellite 3D Model

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