Today, March 12, 2018, GOES-S was successfully placed in geostationary orbit, 22,300 miles up. That means it is now officially GOES-17! It also means that the process to “start” the satellite up with system checks can also begin. Again, per my previous blog entry, we should see the first images from the satellite sometime in May.
This is a major event for the satellite. Things can go horribly wrong at lunch, and getting it into orbit. If you get past these two hurdles, then bringing the satellite online is the final step before moving it into its permanent location.