CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (KAIT) — Just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, NOAA and NASA launched the third in a series of four weather satellites that will help improve weather forecasting from Earth and space.
“GOES-T is part of NOAA’s groundbreaking weather observing system in geostationary orbit,” said NOAA physicist Elizabeth Kline.
She says the satellite will join another satellite, GOES-16, in orbit and will have remained GOES-18.
“With 16, they will provide weather coverage from New Zealand to East Africa, as far north as Alaska and as far south as the Southern Ocean,” Kline said. .
The satellites will provide data to meteorologists every 30 seconds from 22,000 miles around the Earth.
“They can see the formation of storms from their inception all the way through the evolution of these storms across the Pacific Ocean and across the continental United States.
There’s even a lightning mapper on the new satellite.
“Together with the new lightning images and data, this provides a revolutionary set of tools for meteorologists to help predict the weather,” Kline said.
The satellite will help meteorologists with weather on Earth and help with space weather triggered by functions of the sun.
Particles ejected from the sun by solar flares can damage satellites and other things.
“They can impact our telecommunications systems, our power grid and they can cause huge disruptions in daily life, including navigation systems and GPS,” Kline said.
The GOES program has evolved over the years since its first satellite in 1975.
GOES-T is the third in a series of four satellites in the latter group. The fourth satellite will be launched into orbit in 2024.
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