The launch of GOES-18, the latest weather satellite •


Today Picture of the day from NASA Earth Observatory features the GOES-T satellite as it launched on March 1, 2022 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on an Atlas V rocket.

“Two weeks after launch, the nation’s newest weather watcher reached geostationary orbit,” NASA reports.

“On March 14, the satellite was officially renamed GOES-18; GOES series satellites are named by letter before launch and by number after they are in orbit.

“This week, mission operators successfully completed the final orbit climb maneuver to bring the satellite to a geostationary altitude, approximately 36,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) above the Earth’s surface. The satellite will orbit at the same speed as the Earth rotates so that it can constantly monitor the same region.

Since 1975, weather satellites like GOES-18 have been built in partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

While NASA generally oversees the design and launch of spacecraft, NOAA operates the satellites once they are in orbit.

Scientists hope to see the first images from GOES-18 in May 2022, just before the satellite completes post-launch testing. In early 2023, GOES-18 will take over as the operational GOES-West satellite, replacing GOES-17.

“This launch continues a 48-year history of collaboration between NOAA, NASA, industry and academia on geostationary satellite observations,” said John Gagosian, director of the joint agency’s satellite division. Nasa. “GOES satellites help us on a daily basis. They bring advanced features to help forecasters better monitor and predict hazardous environmental conditions such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, floods and fires.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

By Chrissy Sexon, Personal editor


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