Artist's impression of an HS-371-derived GOES satellite
|Mission type||Weather satellite|
|Operator||NOAA / NASA|
|Mission duration||Failed to orbit
7 years (planned)
|Launch mass||660 kilograms (1,460 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||3 May 1986, 22:18UTC|
|Rocket||Delta 3914 D178|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral LC-17A|
GOES-G was a weather satellite to be operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The satellite was designed to sense and monitor meteorological conditions from a geostationary orbit, intended to replace GOES-5 and provide continuous vertical profiles of atmospheric temperature and moisture. It was lost due to the launch failure of a Delta 3914 rocket on 3 May 1986.
Launch occurred on May 3, 1986 at 22:18 GMT.,, aboard Delta 178, the first NASA launch following the Challenger disaster. 71 seconds into the flight, the first stage main engine shut down prematurely due to an electrical fault, and the rocket was destroyed by range safety.
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