GOES-T on its way. Photo by Destination Brevard

At 4:38 p.m. on March 1st, United Launch Alliance (ULA) put the #GOES-T geostationary weather observation satellite into orbit on board one of their Atlas V rockets from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS).  This satellite will help the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration keep an eye on destructive wildfires, lightning, Pacific Ocean-based storms, dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska.  Once in orbit and after it’s fully checked out, the satellite will be renamed GOES-18 and it will replace GOES-17 that is currently assigned to that area.

Here are some images we took at SLC-41 prior to the launch along with a video clip from SLC-41 at liftoff, another video clip of the launch taken from the KSC Press Site and pictures of the launch taken from the Press Site.

Photo by Destination Brevard

Close up from the pad. Photo by Destination Brevard.

More from the pad. Photo by Destination Brevard.

Liftoff. Photo by Destination Brevard