NASA is ready to set up its next mission. The space station launched weather satellite yesterday from the Colorado station in the United States. The western U.S. Lockheed Martin from Littleton initiated and completed the project of designing the satellite.
It was named as GOES-S (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) where Atlas V rocket will be used to take-off the satellite to space. A number of meteorologists participated in the launch along with people from different weather channels and Weather Nation.
After GOES-16, GOES-S is the second most satellite of GOES series to forecast details about weather conditions, wildfires, mudslides, hurricanes, floods, and other natural calamities. The cost of this effort is approximately $11 billion. GOES-16 is an environmental satellite that was headed towards the polar orbit from California last November.
The main task assigned to GOES-16 was to monitor Atlantic and East Coast for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The current launch is going to move its eyes towards the Pacific region.
Alongside, it’s going to move towards West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and Central America. It will turn as GOES-17 once it reaches space station in the orbit located at a distance of 22,000-mile height. Jim Yoe, weather service provider on NASA TV and the Joint Centre for Satellite Data Assimilation said, the moment of seeing this satellite launch was really exciting.
Yoe is even more excited to start working on this project further and analyze the pictures captured by the satellite for further weather investigation. “Gathering the data to work for better forecasts and accordingly warnings will be issued, Yoe further added.
These two satellites will be a good source of information of the regions stretching right from Atlantic Ocean of West Africa that is known to be a cradle of the hurricane to the United States and Pacific Ocean of New Zealand.
“This will be the third satellite launch for depicting weather forecasting by NASA and will be considered as three brilliant eyes in the sky”, said Stephen Volz, director of Volz satellite. NASA is planning to launch two more satellites in coming years that will be named as GOES-T in 2020 and GOES-U in 2024.