NASA, NOAA to Launch Weather-Tracking Satellite

New weather satellite built in Colorado will launch on Thursday

The satellite will upgrade data related to wind patterns, high-definition imagery and other forecast tools, giving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration more powerful tools.

In addition to focusing on the western US, the satellite also will cover the eastern Pacific, eastern Australia and New Zealand, and much of South America once it finishes its testing phase and gets to its permanent location later this year, reported. GOES-S is the second satellite in a series of next-generation weather satellites.

Once GOES-S is positioned in a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth, after approximately two weeks, it will be renamed GOES-17.

National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said he's been "blown away" by the impacts GOES-16 has had on weather forecasting.

NASA officials say the launch window for the Atlas V rocket that will be carrying the GOES weather satellite into space opens at 5:02 p.m., and that's when they expect to launch. The satellite will provide real-time weather reports on the western coast of the USA thereby extending the range where NOAA can track weather conditions. NASA has sent over a dozen GOES-R satellites in its constellation at the geosynchronous orbit that was flagged off by the American space agency in 1975.

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The satellite will be able to scan each spot below it every 5 minutes, or every 1 minute to 30 seconds on special focus areas - in the latter case, for developing weather events. In addition to all four GOES-R Series satellites (R, S, T and U), Lockheed Martin also designed and built the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instruments that will fly aboard each spacecraft. After a period of on-orbit test and checkout, GOES-17 will be operational as GOES-West, providing coverage of the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite has since shifted its coverage area to the East Coast.

NASA is proud that the GOES-S satellite can detect hotspots for wildfires.

The AJ-60A was designed specifically to augment the lifting power of the Atlas V, which is used to launch most US national security, scientific and environmental monitoring spacecraft. NOAA will perform mission operations at its Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Two more satellites are part of this mission and scheduled for launch in 2020 and 2024. Development of the advanced satellite program started back in 2005 and will continue through 2036.

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