Advanced GOES satellites to improve weather forecasting

04 March, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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The first satellite, GOES-16 has already sent back unprecedented images of impending hurricanes and thunder-storm outbreaks that have helped the team with more accurate weather forecasting, and subsequent disaster management and planning.

GOES-S - was scheduled for liftoff from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:02 p.m. EST (GMT-5), the opening of a two-hour window. Further, these satellites are destined to provide images and results on weather in and around the United States which helps the agency decide and evacuate the people from vulnerable regions.

A United Launch Alliance rocket carried a Colorado-built satellite into orbit Thursday that's created to provide US weather forecasters unprecedented detail about severe weather formation and make improve air travel safety by tracking in-cloud lightning.

The two new GOES satellites join a group of satellites launched by Japan to keep watch over almost the entire Western Hemisphere all the way from Africas west coast to New Zealand. 'It allows the researchers to see the dynamics in a way that just looking at numbers just doesn't reveal - the visual impact is remarkable'. This will extend the life of GOES-R constellation to 2036 as many more satellites will be launched in coming years. Once the satellite becomes active later this year, it will read weather, wildfires, fog, storms, cyclones, and every other natural calamity that might hit the Western United States.

"For the first time, space-based observations from geostationary satellites and ground-based observations such as Doppler weather radars are in cadence with each other, providing the ability to create a top-to-bottom, linked profile of a severe thunderstorm through direct observation", Calhoun added. It also tracked the paths of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, providing crucial data as to which areas would be impacted the greatest.

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GOES-S will be renamed GOES-17 after tests and checkout.

GOES-16 "turned out to be better than we expected it to be", said National Weather Service director Louis Uccellini, on hand for Thursday's launch.

After the satellite is deployed, it will spend about three weeks making its way into geostationary orbit. GOES-S is the second in the series of weather satellites.

Two additional satellites, GOES-T and GOES-U, are also planned to be launched in 2020 and 2024, respectively.


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