Australia: Harris Corporation’s second Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), built for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather monitoring mission, is scheduled to launch on March 1 on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite S (GOES).
The ABI will be controlled by the Harris-built enterprise ground system and will provide three times the spectral coverage in four times the resolution and five times the speed of older GOES satellites. It will provide better weather monitoring information faster throughout the western half of the United States and support forecasting and public safety efforts.
NOAA’s GOES-R, now called GOES-East, was launched in November 2016 and includes the first ABI that monitors the Western Hemisphere. It became operational late last year and covers the eastern half of the hemisphere, while GOES-S will cover the western half. GOES-East has tracked devastating hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and along the Eastern Seaboard, providing the National Weather Service with more detail about each storm’s structure and track than previous weather satellites.
GOES-S will improve fire detection and extreme weather forecasting, helping to protect residents of the western United States from the spread.
“The increased capabilities of the ABI will help save lives and provide new information and better forecasts for severe weather, fog, volcanic ash and many other environmental issues,” said Eric Webster, Vice President and Managing Director of Harris Environmental Solutions.
Harris’ ABIs will also be included on GOES-T and GOES-U, which will complement NOAA’s latest generation of geostationary weather satellites. The entire series will be controlled by Harris’ company ground system.