Mission patch developed by the 5th SLS Group for support of the GOES-R Mission launched successfully on 19 November 2016 from SLC-41 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida aboard a ULA Atlas V 551, the most powerful of the Atlas V family of launch vehicles. Payload for this mission is a GOES-R next generaion spacecraft in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system. GOES is a weather observation and forecasting system operated by NOAA for Hurricane & other weather forecasting. This latest series of GOES satellites will extend the life of the weather satellite system through the 2030's.
The GOES-R patch is based on the pronunciation of the mission name, which led to the pun placed on the patch itself. The pirate theme also resulted in the ship wheel shape of the patch, as well as the pirate ship navigating through the waves in the center of the patch. Also featured are the 5th SLS's iconic stars, the Atlas logo and the Atlas vehicle number. The sixteen stars on the sides of the patch are to recognize the sixteen missions that will have been launched in the GOES constellation. This is despite that "R" is the eighteenth letter in the alphabet - there was no "GOES-G" or GOES-Q" mission.