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The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O, or GOES-O, is scheduled for a liftoff on Friday, June 26, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-hour launch window extends from 6:14 to 7:14 p.m. EDT. GOES-O is the second of three in the current series of geostationary weather and environmental satellites.

NASA will provide television, Internet and photo coverage of the launch starting with a prelaunch news conference at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center news center.

Participants in the June 25 prelaunch news conference will be:
- Gary Davis, director, Office of Systems Development, NOAA Satellite and Information Service, Suitland, Md.
- Andre Dress, GOES-O deputy project manager, Goddard Space Flight Center
- Bart Hagemeyer, meteorologist in charge, NOAA National Weather Service forecast office, Melbourne, Fla.
- Ken Heinly, director, launch products and services, Boeing Launch Services, Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Charlie Maloney, GOES-O program manager, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, Seal Beach, Calif.
- Joel Tumbiolo, Delta IV launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - Kris Walsh, Commercial Programs manager, United Launch Alliance, Houston

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., was responsible for designing and developing the GOES-O spacecraft and its instruments for NOAA. Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems built GOES-O for NASA. It will be launched into orbit for NASA aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket procured by Boeing Launch Services.

NASA Television will carry the prelaunch news conference on the public channel. On launch day, June 26, NASA TV countdown coverage will begin on the media channel at 4 p.m. and will conclude 30 minutes after liftoff. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

Audio only of the prelaunch news conference and the launch coverage will be carried on the NASA "V" circuits which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 and -7135. On launch day, "Mission Audio," the launch conductor's countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at noon. Launch also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

Prelaunch and launch day coverage of the GOES-O mission will be available on the NASA Web site at:

Live countdown coverage on NASA's launch blog begins at 4 p.m. on June 26. Coverage features real-time updates of countdown milestones, as well as streaming video and podcast of launch. For more information, visit

For further information about GOES-O's launch coverage, contact the Kennedy Space Center news center at 321-867-2468.

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