IMAGE OF THE DAY: Atlas V Rocket Set For Liftoff From Cape, Launch Window Opens At 5:42 p.m. ET

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The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and its GOES-R payload are at the launchpad, as preparations continue for Saturday’s launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff remains on schedule for 5:42 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 19. (NASA Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (NASA) – The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and its GOES-R payload are at the launchpad, as preparations continue for Saturday’s launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff remains on schedule for 5:42 p.m. EST, Saturday, Nov. 19.

The Atlas V is in its 541 configuration, which means it has the 5-meter-diameter payload fairing, four solid-fueled boosters and the Centaur upper stage is equipped with a single engine.

GOES-R, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mission, is the first spacecraft in a new series of NASA-built advanced geostationary weather satellites.

Once in geostationary orbit, GOES-R will be known as GOES-16 and will provide images of weather patterns and severe storms as regularly as every five minutes or as frequently as every 30 seconds. These images can be used to aid in weather forecasts, severe weather outlooks, watches and warnings, lightning conditions, maritime forecasts and aviation forecasts.

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It also will assist in longer term forecasting, such as in seasonal predictions and drought outlooks.

In addition, space weather conditions will be monitored constantly, including the effects of solar flares to provide advance notice of potential communication and navigation disruptions. It also will assist researchers in understanding the interactions between land, oceans, the atmosphere and climate.


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