World's most sophisticated weather satellite to launch shortly

by Abel Hampton March 3, 2018, 4:57
World's most sophisticated weather satellite to launch shortly

"GOES-S will help us see the West in true high definition and, along with the remaining satellites in the series, will extend the life of NOAA's geostationary weather constellation to 2036", Tim Walsh, director for the GOES-R satellite program, said at a news conference this week.

The ULA's 197-foot-tall rocket successfully blasted off from Launch Complex 41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:02 carry the GOES-S into orbit, according to NASA. GOES-S was placed in a special capsule in the upper part of the carrier, which separates once the rocket reaches a predetermined altitude.

The GOES-S satellite is launched by an Atlas 5 rocket.

NOAA in partnership with NASA will launch the next generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) later to be named as GOES-West. Once GOES-S is declared operational, late this year, it will occupy NOAA's GOES-West position and provide faster, more accurate data for tracking wildfires, tropical cyclones and other storm systems and hazards that threaten the western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as Mexico, Central America and the Pacific Ocean, all the way to New Zealand. GOES-17 also will be an important tool for forecasters to track and predict the formation and dissipation of fog, which can disrupt airport operations.

"The advanced capabilities of this new satellite will provide vital data to improve forecasts for all weather hazards across the West and downstream across the remainder of the continental US", said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

"I'm even more excited about the work that's coming up for me and my colleagues, putting these new data to work for better forecasts and warnings for the American public", said Yoe, an official at the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation. NASA also oversees the acquisition of the, and. 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. The newest satellite GOES-S, developed by Lockheed Martin will enter into the constellation of satellites created to observe atmospheric phenomena in the Western hemisphere. Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Florida, provided the main instrument payload, theAdvanced Baseline Imager, and the ground system, which includes the antenna system for data receipt. NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center is responsible for launch management. ULA of Centennial, Colorado, is the provider of the Atlas V launch service.

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