Space and Communications Group soon will begin negotiations with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to build, test and deliver three Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).
GOES D, E, and F, each designed for a seven year orbital life, are continuations of the Synchronous Meteorological Satellite-GOES series.
When complete, the system will provide near continuous, timely, and high quality observations of the Earth and its environment.
The eventual contract for the three spacecraft is expected to be worth approximately $33 million.
Scheduled for launch in mid-1980, GOES D is planned to be one of the first operational payloads to be launched from NASA’s Space Shuttle Orbiter. The satellite is being designed for launch from either the Orbiter or a Delta class rocket.
“We are very pleased with the award,” said Harvey Palmer, NASA Systems Division manager.
“GOES D, E and F will compliment out already existing Geosynchronous Meteorological Satellite (GMS) series which we are developing for the Japanese.”
GMS I was successfully launched on July 14 and negotiations are expected to begin soon for GMS II.
“GOES D will be the first spacecraft to make use of a Visible Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer Atmospheric Sounder (VAS),” said Steve Petrucci, proposal manager.
“The camera, under production at Santa Barbara Research Center, will provide data indicating the temperature versus altitude profile of the atmosphere, as well as provide pictures of the visible cloud cover and the infrared capabilities of earlier cameras.”
The payload will contain a Space Environmental Monitoring System consisting of three separate sensors designed to monitor solar emission activities.
Each drum-shaped spacecraft will be 85 inches in diameter at the widest point and 175 inches in length.