United Launch Alliance has received a task order under the NASA Launch Services II contract to send a weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration into space.
NASA said ThursdayÂ it expects the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T to fly aboard ULA’sÂ Atlas V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in FloridaÂ by December 2021 and estimates that theÂ mission will costÂ $165.7M.
GOES-T is designed to provide atmospheric measurements and imagery of Earth’s oceans, environment and weather conditions. The satellite will also work toÂ monitor solar activity and map lightning strikes in real time, NASA added.
Kennedy Space Center’s launch services program officeÂ will oversee ULA’s launch support for the penultimate satellite in the GOES-R series.