May 18, 2006 – NASA has announced the launch date for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-N, known as GOES-N. It will launch Wednesday, May 24, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. GOES-N will be launched on a Boeing Delta IV rocket under a commercial license with the Federal Aviation Administration. The satellite will be turned over to NASA after Boeing completes a successful checkout.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration manages the GOES program, establishes requirements, provides all funding and distributes environmental satellite data for the United States. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, procures and manages the development and launch of the satellites for NOAA on a cost reimbursable basis, and Boeing built it.