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NOAA, NASA Officials to Hold Press Briefing on New Goes-M Satellite Launch
New Satellite to Detect Solar Storms


NOAA and NASA officials will participate in a press briefing to discuss the July 15th launch of the new GOES-M satellite.

The GOES-M, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite is an advanced environmental satellite, equipped with a telescope that will be used to forecast geomagnetic storms in space. The satellite will also monitor hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and other severe weather.


Thursday, June 21, 2001
10:00 a.m.


National Press Club
14th and F Streets, NW
Zenger Room
Washington, D.C.

Gary Davis, NOAA's Satellite Service, moderator

Gerry Dittberner, NOAA GOES program manager

Martin Davis, NASA GOES program manager 

Steve Hill, NOAA, Space Environment Center

Steve Kirkner, NOAA GOES acquisition manager will be

SATELLITE COORDINATES: Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
Satellite: Galaxy 11
Transponder: 14
Band: Ku
Downlink Frequency: 11980 (V)
Audio: 6.6

A GOES-M B-roll of imagery and other materials will be broadcast during NASA TV video file feed scheduled for June 21 at noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and midnight EDT. The video file will also be broadcast at these same times on the day of the pre-launch press briefing and on the day of the launch. NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-band, located at 85 degrees West Longitude. The frequency is 3880 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.