SFI Launch Highlights: Flight of GOES S on ULA Atlas V 541

05 March, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • New weather satellite built in Colorado will launch on Thursday

NASA is proud that the GOES-S satellite can detect hotspots for wildfires.

Built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the new GOES satellites feature an advanced high-resolution camera, a sensitive magnetometer, an ultraviolet X-ray sensor to measure solar radiation, an ultraviolet imager to constantly monitor the sun and sensors to measure charged particles from the sun that can affect communications and navigation.

The US company United Launch Alliance fired from the Cape Canaveral, Florida state-of-the-art Atlas V, with a meteorological companion called GOES-S. An example of that, GOES 15 had a 4x4km resolution per pixel, while GOES S will have a 2x2km per pixel resolution.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, positions its GOES weather stations for views of the eastern, central and western United States, providing hemispheric coverage.

The launch of the new satellite will be streamed on the FOX31 and Channel 2 Facebook pages. When GOES-S becomes operational, its name will become GOES-17, according to NOAA's naming practices, Wired reported. 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.

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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. GOES-16 also observed the uncertain path of Hurricanes Irma and the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria in September. The satellite will provide real-time weather reports on the western coast of the US thereby extending the range where NOAA can track weather conditions.

At the news conference and at another one held earlier on February 27, NOAA and NASA researchers shared stories of how GOES-East's remarkably clear views have aided in search-and-rescue operations as well as in forecasting.

After it launches, GOES-S will undergo six months of tests, then be operational late 2018.

Once GOES S is positioned in a Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) 22,300 miles above Earth in approximately two weeks, it will be renamed GOES 17. "And NOAA's satellite data provides the backbone for the global observing system, and is the critical element for weather forecasting in the extended ranges".

The four-satellite GOES-R program has a total budget of $10.8 billion through its entire life cycle. The next satellite, GOES-T, is scheduled for launch in 2020.

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