Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

NOAA's Satellite Could Track Extreme Weather Resulting From Climate Change

NOAA's Satellite Could Track Extreme Weather Resulting From Climate Change

It joins its sibling 22,300 miles above the Earth, arming forecasters with high-definition data from nearly the entire Western Hemisphere.

NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the second in a series of next-generation weather satellites this week for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These two satellites will together offer the most comprehensive picture for satellite monitoring over the United States in history. It will become GOES-17 once it reaches its intended 22,000-mile-high orbit over the equator in a few weeks, and should be officially operational by year's end.

From there, it will provide fast, multi-spectral images of weather patterns affecting the Pacific Ocean as far west as New Zealand, including Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and, of course, the western United States. GOES-16, meanwhile, was tasked with standing watch over the eastern US and Atlantic Ocean out to Africa.

Lockheed Martin in Littleton helped build the new satellite, according to NASA.

GOES-S is a joint collaboration between NOAA and NASA.

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Scott Schield, who was the project lead on GOES-R, said this series of GOES satellites is using more advanced technology to report to earth. This ability has already been demonstrated by the first GOES satellite with wildfires in the Plains a year ago.

But its primary instrument, the Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, and the GOES ground systems have their roots in a company that calls the Space Coast home: Melbourne-based Harris. These satellites will continue to deliver dazzling weather data that has captivated forecasters such as first-of-its-kind lightning mapping and high-definition views of weather systems.

"For the public, the series provides better hurricane tracking, improved thunderstorm/tornado warning lead time and improved imaging of the Earth's weather, oceans and environment, which allows better weather forecasting and better protection of life and property", he said.

The countdown is on at the Cape not only for a launch, but also a step forward in hurricane safety and forecasting. Then-Sen. Robert C. Byrd pushed for a West Virginia location and NASA has been there since.

The Atlas V rocket rolling out to the launch pad is just part of the show, but what's under the nose cone is what really counts.

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