WATCH REPLAY: United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket Blasts Off Successfully From Cape Canaveral

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GOES-17 will be placed in geostationary orbit

ABOVE VIDEO: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V (GOES-S) rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday, March 1 at 5:02 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V (GOES-S) rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday, March 1 at 5:02 p.m. 

The Atlas V rocket is carrying GOES-S which is the second of four satellites to be launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a new and advanced series of spacecraft.

Once in geostationary orbit, it will be known as GOES-17.

Like the other satellites in the series, GOES-S carries a suite of sophisticated Earth-sensing, lightning-detecting, solar imaging and space weather monitoring instruments.

The advanced technology on board GOES-S will provide critical data and imagery in near-real time on severe weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods, as well as hazards like fog, aerosols, dust storms, volcanic eruptions and forest fires.

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LAUNCH STATS:

• Rocket: Atlas V 541

• Mission: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S)

• Launch Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

• Launch Time: 5:02 p.m. EST

• Live Broadcast: Look for how you can watch live

• Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Notes: ULA and our heritage rockets have launched all of the operational GOES satellites, including GOES-R in November 2016. GOES-S marks the sixth Atlas V to launch in the 541 configuration, the first of which was the rocket that launched NASA’s Curiosity rover to Mars in 2011.

United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch their next Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday, March 1. (ULA Image)

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