NOAA continues to work with its partners — NASA, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing — to assess the infrastructure and facilities necessary to launch GOES-R following Hurricane Matthew. Additional assessments are underway to fully understand the storm’s impact. Before Matthew, the launch date was set for November 4, 2016. Once Matthew passed, the launch team began an initial assessment of the launch infrastructure and determined that a move of the launch date is needed based on the storm’s impacts. ULA, for planning purposes, requested a new range date of no earlier than November 16, pending approval by the 45th Space Wing. Throughout the storm, the GOES-R spacecraft remained safe inside Astrotech Space Operations, in Titusville, Fla. NOAA will provide an update as new details become available.
October 18, 2016 at 12:19 PM EDT