The future of weather forecasting to launch in one year

See how GOES-R is preparing for its journey
March 21, 2015

With eyes to the future of improved weather forecasting, the team behind NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series will launch its first satellite, GOES-R, one year from now in March 2016.

The assembled and integrated GOES-R satellite in the clean room, May 2015.

GOES-R will be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on board an Atlas V rocket into geosynchronous orbit where it will have a view of the Western Hemisphere from 22,000 miles above Earth. In this position, the satellite is poised to capture near-real-time observations of weather across the United States and the surrounding oceans.

The new observation capabilities that GOES-R will offer are in high demand. Once the satellite is on orbit, it will be operational throughout the typical checkout and validation phase. That means data will be available sooner for input into models and other tools used by NOAA’s National Weather Service meteorologists.

Want to know more about GOES-R? Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why NOAA’s GOES-R Satellite Matters.

What goes into buildingoffsite link and launching a satellite? Go behind the scenes in this video. 

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