New GOES-R Weather Satellite Launched To Revolutionize Forecasts

Posted: Nov 21 2016, 3:13am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

New GOES-R Weather Satellite Launched to Revolutionize Forecasts
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  • Potent Weather Satellite undergoes Lift-Off
 

A potent weather satellite underwent lift-off recently. It will be a game changer in the field of forecasting.

A potent and novel satellite will lend the weather experts a bird’s eye view of storms and other phenomenon in the atmosphere. It has flown off into the empyrean heights.

Termed the GOES-R weather satellite, it was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The date was November 19th and the time was 6:42 pm EST.

The means of conveyance was a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch virtually lit up the sky. The launch was one hour later than the decided time due to certain issues that cropped up at the last moment. 

This happens to be the first one of four such advanced weather satellites that are all called GOES-R. The staff of NOAA which is the agency behind this satellite has huge expectations from this piece of electronic handiwork. It will surely transform weather forecasting as we know it.

The GOES-R satellite will make the same qualitative difference as there exists between a black-and-white television and an HDTV. What this will mean is speedier, more concise weather forecasts and prompts. 

Many lives which are at risk due to the changing weather will be saved in the nick of time thanks to this technology. More information will be arriving via this satellite and it will be coming in more often too.

The details will be plentiful and the resolution will be far higher than the usual level. To save a time margin of 10, 15 or 20 minutes before a storm or hurricane strikes is to save lives. GOES-R is the 16th such satellite to find its way into outer space.

The moment it reaches its destination in orbit around the earth, it will be renamed GOES-16, according to Space.com. That will be within a fortnight. 

The satellites have been observing data down below on earth since the past 40 years. GOES-1 was launched in 1975. Then there was GOES-East and GOES-West which got launched.

Finally, another one is also aloft in its orbit around the planet. The GOES satellite has a speed which matches the speed of the earth’s rotation. Thus it can keep track of a particular patch of land on the earth’s surface.

In this case it happens to be the USA and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. GOES-East and GOES-West launched in 2006 and 2010 respectively. This one though is the first satellite to carry some very advanced weather-testing equipment on board. 

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