Saturday, November 19th marked a big day in the meteorological and space world. A rocket carrying a new weather satellite, called “GOES-R” (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:42 PM (CST).
This new satellite will be stationed 22,300 miles above Earth’s surface, and help provide improvements in detection and observation of weather here on Earth. The new satellite will provide advanced imaging across the Western Hemisphere, improved lightning data, as well as monitoring space weather.
Once in operation, the satellite will be called GOES-16.
The new instruments within the satellite will give us more data and imagery faster than ever before (approximately every 30 seconds). Read more about the GOES-R satellite here.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 19, 2016