NOAA launches new weather satellite Tuesday afternoon

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Views of Earth’s weather from space are about to get even better.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launches a new geostationary weather satellite called GOES-T on Tuesday afternoon. It will launch atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:38 p.m. EST.

The is the third satellite of its type to be launched, and like GOES-16 and 17, its predecessors, it will be used by meteorologists around the world. Observations from these satellites have improved forecasts and the ability of meteorologists to see weather patterns. Once in orbit, the satellite will take the name of GOES-18. The GOES-R series of satellites is a collaborative venture between NOAA and NASA at a cost of $11.7 billion.

“It will be able to see an area from South America almost to Australia, then from Alaska to Antarctica and gives us images of it every ten minutes, which helps us to follow the weather systems and other hazards,” NOAA and the National Hurricane Center said. predicted Jack Bevan.

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GOES-18 will replace GOES-17 (also known as “GOES West”), which experienced instrument issues after launch. GOES-17 will become a backup satellite.

“We also have the GOES East satellite, so Texas is in good coverage for both satellites,” Bevan said.

GOES-18 has much of the same instrumentation, with some fixes and upgrades. Like its fellow GOES satellites, it will be able to see things like ash from volcanic eruptions and forest fires. It allowed us to see the recent eruption of an underwater volcano in the Pacific near Tonga.

It also adds instruments to help predict space weather.

“There are two instruments on the satellite dedicated to space weather that will be constantly observing the sun and returning these images to us which will help us do a better job of space weather forecasting and warnings.”

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