- NASA will conduct a series of launches over the next six months.
- The first spacecraft to be sent is the GOES-S weather satellite.
- The satellite will provide researchers with more detailed information about weather events.
A high-powered weather satellite will be the first object sent into space in a series of launches NASA will carry out over the next six months.
GOES-S will provide forecasters with faster and more detailed storm information, hurricanes and other weather events through its enhanced imaging capabilities, according to a NOAA release. On March 1, it will be sent to join GOES-16, its sister satellite sent into space in November 2016.
“We expect GOES-S to be the ideal partner for its sister satellite, GOES-16, whose early returns have exceeded our expectations,” said Tim Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere of the NOAA Department of Commerce. The version. “The groundbreaking technology of these satellites, coupled with the skill of NOAA forecasters, will ultimately lead to more lives saved.”
The satellite will also help forecasters spot wildfires soon after they start and track them as they intensify, as well as monitor and forecast fog formation and evaporation, according to the report. NOAA. It will focus on the western part of the United States and the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.
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In September, ICESat-2 will be sent into orbit with a laser capable of measure the height of the Earth’s ice caps, glaciers and sea ice and determine their impact on sea levels, according to NASA. It will monitor changes in ice caps and glaciers, estimate the thickness of sea ice, and measure the height of forest vegetation, as well as other ecosystems.
The information collected by the satellite will also help researchers learn more about the impact of climate change on frozen regions of the planet.
NASA’s slate of launches also includes the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which will search for planets orbiting other stars; the Insight lander, which will visit Mars in May; and the Parker Solar Probe, which will fly closer to the sun than any spacecraftSpaceflight Now reported.
In addition to helping researchers better understand the sun, the Parker probe could also help create better predictions of solar storms and other space weather events that can interfere with electronics. and communication systems on Earthaccording to NASA.
The space agency is still trying to determine a launch date for the ICON satellite, which will study how Earth’s atmosphere and solar activity interact, Spaceflight Now also reported. It was supposed to launch last year but was postponed due to functionality issues.