Solar System Chatter

GOES is Up

Weather forecasting is about to take a big leap forward after the successful launch of NOAA’s GOES-R satellite. It’s the first of four satellites in the next generation upgrade for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite series (the first one was launched in 1974). The satellite will reach its final orbit in a couple of weeks, when it will be renamed GOES-16, and spend the next year testing its six instruments that will collected data significantly faster and in more detail than any previous incarnation. Scientists will have access to the first lightning-mapper in geostationary orbit and improved space weather sensors. GOES-16 will also be connected with a constellation of satellites that can detect distress signals from boats and aircraft.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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