Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

S Satellite to Launch in NOAA-NASA Partnership

S Satellite to Launch in NOAA-NASA Partnership

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.

On March 1, 2018, a 2-hour year has been reserved for a next-generation GOES-S satellite that will be launched aboard United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the geostationary orbit.

Artist image of NOAA's GOES-S satellite.

NASA has launched another of the world's most advanced weather satellites, this time to safeguard the western U.S.

It is noted that the satellite will work in tandem with GOES-R, which was successfully launched in November of 2016. When GOES-S becomes operational, its name will become GOES-17, according to NOAA's naming practices, Wired reported.

Riding a 1.4-million-pound mobile launch platform, the Atlas 5 emerged from the Vertical Integration Facility around 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) Wednesday for the trip to nearby Complex 41.

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A next-generation weather satellite is on it's way to space while hitching sla ride on an Atlas V rocket. GOES-16 also observed the uncertain path of Hurricanes Irma and the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria in September.

The satellite has since shifted its coverage area to the East Coast.

In addition to high-resolution images of the West Coast, officials say the new GOES weather satellite will help them track severe weather such as cyclones, fog, and even wildfires, which plague the western US every year. It is expected that the satellite will receive more accurate information on storm disasters such as storms, hurricanes, floods. During wildfire season in California, people using GOES data were able to warn local authorities about fires before they'd even been spotted on the ground. "It just takes them much more rapidly and in many different colors and with much better resolution than the past imagers".

After the satellite is deployed, it will spend about three weeks making its way into geostationary orbit.

After liftoff, GOES-S will follow a similar formula - ascension to geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above the equator, on-orbit testing, then a renaming to GOES-17 or GOES-West. Several other nations share weather satellite data with each other and NOAA to provide more complete coverage. Development began in 2005, and the program will extend through 2036.

Two more are scheduled for launch in the coming years: GOES-T in 2020 and GOES-U 2024.

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