Thanks to readers, I'm at NASA now -GOES-S press briefing

I’m at the NASA press Center on Merritt Island at this moment, writing live from the John Holliman Press Center.

As you can see above in the top graphic, the upcoming press conference will be carried live, so readers are encouraged to tune in. You can also ask questions using the #AskGOES hashtag on Twitter or leave me a question in comments.

GOES-S NASA EDGE Rollout Webcast, NASA Social Briefing Today

Watch the live webcast with NASA Edge during the GOES-S launch vehicle rollout at SLC-41. The live show begins at 10 a.m. and can be viewed on NASA TV and social media at: NASA TV:


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I want to thank everyone for donating to help get me here. I’ll add updates to this post through the day.


UPDATE: I asked a question during press conference about what if anything was learned from GOES-R since its deployment, and if anything was changed in GOES-S at the last minute. One of the things that was learned was that some of the instrumentation had sensitivity to currents (induce presumably from magnetic fields, and they made changes to the GOES-S platform to accommodate this.


Another question I asked was: With the advent of the geospatial lightning mapper systems on GOES-R/S will the NOAA/NWS be offering a national lightning product like NEXRAD? Something that is now only available from private vendors using ground based triangulation systems.

I think the question took this NWS administrator by surprise.

He acknowledged the need for such a product, and said they were looking at the idea, as well as integrating it into models, but stopped short of saying that they will.


And with that, the press conference is over. I’ll have more later today from the Vehicle Assembly Building, as well as the launch tomorrow.


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Michael 2
February 28, 2018 7:56 am

Feb 28 at 11 a.m. EST, 10 a.m. CST, 9 a.m. MST, 8 a.m. PST and so on.

February 28, 2018 7:57 am

WUWT has reached the big times and aiming for the stars…becoming an international news/opinion media outlet! Perseverance Furthers!

February 28, 2018 8:00 am

How excellent is that.

February 28, 2018 8:16 am

Question? Will the new GOES Series of weather/geography satellites supply raw data to scientific community in real time?

Michael 2
February 28, 2018 8:21 am

February 28, 2018 8:36 am

Congrats and enjoy the weather! Have not been to a launch in years, no matter what the vehicle is it is always a thrill.

February 28, 2018 8:44 am

Welcome to Florida. We are serving up beautiful weather for the launch. Enjoy.

February 28, 2018 9:01 am

Excellent question Anthony!
I always thought it would be very interesting to follow the design of one of these things as they are all built on current technology and past experience. Just think of what we now have in processor speeds, storage capabilities, data transmission speeds, optics and lots of other things we didn’t have just 5 years ago.
And think of what we will have in the future.

February 28, 2018 9:21 am

I was at the launch of GOES-R – pretty cool. The NOAA staff present and giving presentations about the mission were informative and not aggressively pushing a glowball warming agenda. The NASA presentations at the spaceflight center, however….

February 28, 2018 9:40 am

Whatever became of OCO2’s mission objective to “pinpoint CO2 pollutions sources”?

Reply to  Betapug
February 28, 2018 11:04 am
michael hart
Reply to  Betapug
February 28, 2018 11:40 am

Yeah. I had great hopes for what we would see. Genuine interest, whatever the politics of how it would be spun. It seems it was over-sold and we were deceived about what it could do.

Reply to  michael hart
February 28, 2018 9:03 pm

I agree with you.
Then look at how NASA uses the words. Now carbon dioxide is carbon. Strange.

Bryan A
February 28, 2018 9:52 am

Hopefully the launch is Spectacular

February 28, 2018 10:36 am

I wish I had know you were there. We could have met up for a beverage.

February 28, 2018 11:04 am

love it when they say MECO after the launch, I will be listening.

February 28, 2018 11:45 am

Anthony, please do have the fun, and enjoy it at full possible…
I do really “envy” your chance. at the experience of.. 🙂
Please do get the best of it, for you first of all, you do deserve it,you really do …:)

February 28, 2018 3:41 pm

Cool! I would love to visit the Vehicle Assembly Building!

Reply to  PaulH
February 28, 2018 3:58 pm

It is impressive.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
February 28, 2018 4:21 pm

February 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm
Yes, it certainly is. The last time I was there was the day before the Apollo 14 launch in 1971. You could take a bus tour of the facilities and even get within about 200 yards of the Saturn V on the pad…the day before the launch! And this was as a foreigner travelling on a New Zealand passport but long, long before 9/11. Yes, the good old days!
Enjoy the launch Anthony and have a celebratory beer on us all. A very good use of the funds we’ve donated!

Reply to  Alastair Brickell
February 28, 2018 4:54 pm

Last launch we saw was december ’93. Never got the chance to take my son to see one.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
February 28, 2018 5:59 pm

Alastair Brickell,
You can still do that,

Reply to  Paddy Johnston
March 1, 2018 2:35 am


February 28, 2018 5:30 pm

LOL I sent $2, and if 1000 other people did……
great that you are there. Test those “scientists”

February 28, 2018 6:07 pm

Welcome to Merritt Island Anthony. My neck of the woods.

James Bull
March 1, 2018 12:54 am

Enjoy your time there and good questions the more data we have the better able to counter those that “feel” the science.
James Bull

March 1, 2018 2:33 am

O/T…here is an interesting breaking news story from the Daily Caller, …

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