NASA picks SpaceX's Falcon Heavy to launch GOES-U weather satellite

The GOES-U satellite is scheduled to lift off in April 2024.

SpaceX's big Falcon Heavy rocket just got another gig.

NASA has picked Falcon Heavy to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U), with a planned liftoff in April 2024 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, agency officials announced on Friday (Sept. 10). The total launch cost for NASA will be about $152.5 million, they added.

"GOES-U will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment, as well as real-time mapping of total lightning activity and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather." NASA officials said in a statement Friday.

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