NASA, ULA Launch Advanced NOAA Weather Satellite

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NASA successfully launched a second in a array of next-generation continue satellites for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during 5:02 p.m. EST Thursday.

NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) carried off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

GOES-S goal managers reliable during 8:58 p.m. a spacecraft’s solar arrays successfully deployed and a booster was handling on a possess power.

The satellite will yield faster, some-more accurate and some-more minute data, in nearby real-time, to lane charge systems, lightning, wildfires, coastal haze and other hazards that impact a western United States.

“We during NASA Science are unapproachable to support a corner group partner NOAA on today’s launch of GOES-S, a inhabitant item that will impact lives opposite a Western Hemisphere any and each day,” pronounced Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate director for science, who attended today’s launch.

Once GOES-S is positioned in a geostationary circuit 22,300 miles above Earth, in approximately dual weeks, it will be renamed GOES-17. Later this year, after undergoing a full checkout and validation of a 6 high-tech instruments, a new satellite will pierce to a GOES-West position and turn operational. From there, it constantly will yield modernized imagery and windy measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and softened monitoring of solar activity and space weather.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket rises off from Space Launch Complex 41 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, or GOES-S. Liftoff was during 5:02 p.m. EST. GOES-S is a second satellite in a array of next-generation continue satellites.
Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett

In further to improving continue forecasts, GOES-17 will assistance forecasters locate and lane wildfires – useful information that puncture response teams need to quarrel fires and leave people out of harm’s way. GOES-17 also will be an critical apparatus for forecasters to lane and envision a arrangement and abolition of fog, that can interrupt airfield operations.

GOES-17 will work in tandem with GOES-16, a initial satellite in NOAA’s new geostationary series, now during a GOES-East position. GOES-17 will extend observational high-resolution satellite coverage of a insubordinate new record aboard GOES-16 to many of a Western Hemisphere, from a west seashore of Africa to New Zealand, and from nearby a Arctic Circle to nearby a Antarctic Circle. The satellite will yield some-more and improved information than is now accessible over a northeastern Pacific Ocean, a hearth of many continue systems that impact a continental U.S.

NOAA manages a GOES-R Series module by an integrated NOAA/NASA bureau during NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA also oversees a merger of the spacecraft, instruments and launch vehicles. Lockheed Martin Space of Littleton, Colorado, built a booster and is obliged for booster development, formation and testing.

Mission operations will be achieved by NOAA during a NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Florida, supposing a categorical instrument payload, the Advanced Baseline Imager, and a belligerent system, that includes a receiver complement for information receipt. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based during a agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is obliged for launch management. ULA of Centennial, Colorado, is a provider of a Atlas V launch service.

Source: NASA

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