ULA Orbits Advanced Weather Satellite for NOAA

Ashley Carr
March 4, 2018

The second of this duo, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (@noaa) next-generation weather satellite - GOES-S - launches into space tomorrow!

A satellite scheduled for launch from Florida this week could give firefighters a new tool to fight the wildfires on the West Coast.

At a news briefing this week, NOAA officials explained that the GOES weather satellite will cover North and Central America, the Pacific Ocean, and New Zealand.

GOES S mission managers confirmed at 8:58 p.m. EST the spacecraft's solar arrays successfully deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power.

Volz also hailed GOES-16's imagery as "really visceral" at an earlier news conference. "It allows the researchers to see the dynamics in a way that just looking at numbers just doesn't reveal - the visual impact is remarkable".

One of Centennial-based ULA's Atlas V rockets blasted off Thursday afternoon from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) satellite, built in Jefferson County by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

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Some places, particularly along exposed coastal areas, will also see blustery conditions and wintry showers of sleet and hail. Cold with highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in a moderate southeast wind.

That breadth will help researchers and weather forecasters get a better picture of weather that makes landfall in the western US - weather that often has origins far out to sea, beyond GOES-16's view.

These next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, or GOES, are "a quantum leap above" the federal agency's previous weather sentinels, Volz said. The state-of-the-art satellite was able to spot wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma a year ago before emergency responders were even alerted. NOAA used GOES-East to track hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and more, as well as January's bomb cyclone and other extreme weather events, including wildfires developing in northern Texas.

GOES-16 "turned out to be better than we expected it to be", said National Weather Service director Louis Uccellini, on hand for Thursday's launch. The $10.8 billion cost includes the development, launch and operation of all four satellites as well as ground systems through 2036.

The satellite will also be able to track atmospheric rivers, which can bring flooding rains and heavy snowfall to western states, Weather.com reported.

Two additional satellites, GOES-T and GOES-U, are also planned to be launched in 2020 and 2024, respectively. "The geostationary satellite, the GOES series, is a crucial component of today's global observing system".

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