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Here’s how to watch the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to NOAA’s GOES-U satellite on June 25
Here’s how to watch the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to NOAA’s GOES-U satellite on June 25

The last NOAA satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R series of weather satellites, GOES-U, is scheduled to fly into space.

The two-hour launch window opens at 5:16 p.m. EDT (9:16 p.m. GMT) on 25 June and the mission will be launched with a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A in NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s famous Space Coast.

If you are in or around Cape Canaveral, there are many places from which you can see the rocket rise into the sky. Florida Space Coast Tourism Office has compiled a map and a list of Starting viewpoints This includes beaches, parks and restaurants around the Kennedy Space Center where you can camp. Don’t want to leave the house or travel to Florida? Thanks to NASA, you can watch the launch live here on Space.com. Coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. GMT).

On October 13, 2023, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch with NASA’s Psyche satellite. (Image credit: Space.com / Josh Dinner)

“Every launch is worth watching, it’s fun and exciting,” Rex Engelhardt, GOES-U mission manager for NASA’s Launch Services Program, told Space.com. “It’s kind of a show and it’s over quickly. The return of the booster is nice – you can stretch it out a little bit.”

Related: The GOES-U satellite will travel into space on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket

Crews will transport NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-U) from the Astrotech Space Operations facility to the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida beginning Friday, June 14, 2024, and ending early Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Image credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

The first launch in the series, GOES-R, took place in 2016, followed by GOES-S and GOES-T in 2018 and 2022 respectively. But compared to its three predecessors in the series, GOES-U will be the shining star in the constellation.

Not only will GOES-U come with all the bells and whistles of its siblings — including instruments that will enable cutting-edge imaging, take atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment, and map all lightning activity in real time — but GOES-U will also feature improvements to each component based on adjustments identified by NOAA over the earlier trio.

Crews will transport NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-U) from the Astrotech Space Operations facility to the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida beginning Friday, June 14, 2024, and ending early Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Image credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky)