SpaceX receives contract to fly GOES U weather satellite on Falcon Heavy

by | Sep 17, 2021 | Finance, Military space, NASA, Satellites, Seradata News, SpaceX

SpaceX was awarded the launch contract for the GOES U weather satellite by NASA on 10 September. A Falcon Heavy rocket will be provided by SpaceX for this launch, planned for April 2024. GOES U is the fourth and last in the current series of GOES (Geostationary Operation Environmental Satellite) units that began with GOES R.

The contract is valued at US$152.5 million. SpaceX’s competition, ULA, reportedly had to withdraw its bid for the mission due to a lack of available Atlas V rockets. ULA is in the process of replacing its current Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy fleets with a new Vulcan rocket. The maiden launch of which is now planned for 2022.

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