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Launch of weather-tracking satellite successful

A weather satellite is successfully launched on a Delta IV booster on Wednesday, May 24, 2006, from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

A weather satellite is successfully launched on a Delta IV booster on Wednesday, May 24, 2006, from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing supported the successful launch of the NASA GOES-N, a weather satellite launched on a Delta IV booster from Space Launch Complex 37B here May 24 at 6:11 p.m. EST.

Wing personnel provided Eastern Range and launch base support to Boeing Launch Services, who served as the commercial satellite and booster vehicle provider to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite is a weather tracking satellite and its chief mission is to watch hurricanes and typhoons as they develop in the oceans.

“The men and women of the 45th Space Wing are proud to be part of the exciting and vital NASA projects, especially the GOES program that provides potentially life saving weather data,” said Col. Gregg Billman, 45th Space Wing vice commander. “We are happy with this successful launch and continue to enjoy a positive relationship with NASA and Boeing.”