Live coverage: Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral
Atlas 5 launch on track for Thursday, SpaceX mission expected to slip
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is set to roll to its launch pad Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, a day before liftoff with a new-generation NOAA weather satellite. The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Spanish communications satellite is expected to be shuffled after the Atlas 5 flight in a rapid-fire launch sequence at the Florida spaceport this week.
Photos: Atlas 5 rocket and GOES-S weather satellite assembled for launch
GOES-S weather observatory hoisted atop Atlas 5 rocket
NASA gears up for brisk launch pace, starting with weather satellite
Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center tasked with overseeing launches of scientific satellites and interplanetary probes will be responsible later this year for ensuring six major missions safely get into space over a span of a little more than six months, beginning with the launch of NOAA’s new GOES-S weather observatory on an Atlas 5 rocket March 1.
GOES-S weather satellite arrives in Florida for launch preparations
NOAA’s latest weather satellite, a new-generation geostationary observatory named GOES-S, landed at the Kennedy Space Center’s former space shuttle runway Monday aboard a U.S. Air Force transport jet, ready to begin final preparations for launch March 1 on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.