NASA, in conjunction with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), launched a new satellite into orbit Thursday, March 1st 2018. NASA has sent over a dozen GOES-R satellites in its constellation at the geosynchronous orbit that was flagged off by the American space agency in 1975. An on-board thruster then will be used to put the weather station in a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator.
In addition to focusing on the western USA, the satellite also will cover the eastern Pacific, eastern Australia and New Zealand, and much of South America once it finishes its testing phase and gets to its permanent location later this year, Weather.com reported. It will also provide high-resolution images above Alaska and nearby areas at high latitudes where the agency doesn't now have usable data from its "geostationary constellation". When GOES-S becomes operational, its name will become GOES-17, according to NOAA's naming practices, Wired reported. Together, GOES-16 and GOES-17 will observe Earth from the west coast of Africa all the way to Guam, providing researchers and meteorologists with valuable data on weather systems five times faster and at four times the image resolution than previous GOES spacecraft, offering more accurate, reliable forecasts and severe weather outlooks.
The satellite's launch is just one part of an $11 billion campaign to (£7.98 billion) improve weather forecasting in the United States.
The satellite will continue an upgrade the NOAA started in 2016 with the launch of GOES-R from Florida in September 2016.
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GOES-S will be renamed GOES-17 after tests and checkout. The same first-class service is now coming to the Pacific region. The satellite will take a picture of the entire western hemisphere every 15 minutes, the continental United States every 5 minutes, and two more picture settings for storms every 60 and 30 seconds.
Besides the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, GOES-S also will keep watch over Mexico and Central America.
And that translates into lives saved. This will allow forecasters, for instance, to see smaller wildfires and more accurately track their movements.
NOAA's -S (GOES-S) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The next satellite, GOES-T, is scheduled for launch in 2020.