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GOES-S Lift Off: New weather satellite will enhance weather forecasting

Posted on March 2, 2018

GOES-S Lift Off: New weather satellite will enhance weather forecasting

Photo of GOES-S Launch courtesy of NOAA.

NOAA’s GOES-S, is the second weather satellite in a series of weather satellites for enhancing forecasting and prediction in the US. The satellite will provide faster, more accurate, and more detailed data in near real-time to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, coastal fog, and other hazards that affect the western U.S., Hawaii and Alaska.

“Along with its easterly partner GOES-16, GOES-S will help communities and businesses prepare for potentially dangerous weather events and minimize the hazard to American families and economies.” - said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

Once GOES-S is positioned in a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth, after approximately two weeks, it will be renamed GOES-17. Later this year, after undergoing a full checkout and validation of its six high-tech instruments, the new satellite will move to the GOES-West position and become operational. From there, it will constantly provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.

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