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GOES-R/GOES-16: A Powerful Weather Satellite in Pictures

Connecting the Pieces

NASA/Kim Shiflett

United Launch Alliance team members prepare GOES-R for encapsulation inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida near NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The payload fairing protects the spacecraft during the ascent through Earth's atmosphere. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Up-Ending the Situation

NASA/Charles Babir

Team members assist as GOES-R is raised and prepared for lifting to the vertical position in the Astrotech payload processing facility near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. GOES-R will be the first satellite in a series of next-generation NOAA GOES Satellites. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Readying for Launch

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) is set to leave from the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Floride, on November 9. The satellite is planned to launch on November 19 on the Atlas V rocket.Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Down and Away

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

From inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a crane lifts the GOES-R satellite, inside its fairing, preparing it to be mated to the Atlas V Centaur. The launch is expected to take place November 9, 2016. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Arriving at the Cape

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

The GOES-R satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It will be mated to the Atlas V Centaur in preparation for the November 19 launch.Check out our full launch story and video recap.

A Match Made, At Cape

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

The GOES-R spacecraft, inside its fairing, connected to its launch vehicle at Space Launch Complex 41. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Up, Up and Away

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The Atlas V Centaur second stage, a rocket by United Launch Alliance, with the GOES-R satellite rises up to be moved into the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Cleaning and Prep

NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

ULA team members inspect and clean the half of the fairing for GOES-R. The fairing protects the spacecraft during the ascent through Earth’s atmosphere after launch aboard the Atlas V 541 rocket in November. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Up She Goes

NASA/Kim Shiflett

ULA's Atlas V first stage for GOES-R is lifted to vertical at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41. This stage of the Atlas V rocket contains the fuel and oxygen tanks that feed the engine for ascent and powers the spacecraft into orbit. Check out our full launch story and video recap.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

Team members prepare for an optics test on GOES-R’s Advanced Baseline Imager, the primary optical instrument, inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida. Carbon dioxide will be sprayed on the imager to clean it and test its sensitivity.

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