• New weather satellite launches March 1

    By: Megan McClellan


    Quick Facts:

    • GOES-S is launching March 1
    • This is the second in a series of satellites being launched
    • The GOES satellite series is meant to improve the observation of weather phenomena


    Satellite data is critical to weather forecasts and understanding how different weather patterns move across the world.

    In 2017, the first of four new satellites became fully operational. GOES-R, now operationally known as GOES-16, launched in November of 2016 with new imagery to include lightning data. NOAA says the new satellites will help:

    • Improve track and intensity hurricane forecasts
    • Increase thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time
    • Improve aviation flight route planning
    • Improve air quality warnings


    These new satellites allow for images to be collected much more frequently and at a higher quality. The data has already been put to good use as FOX23 tracked Hurricane Harvey and Irma that hit the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean in the fall of 2017.

    Since GOES-R (or GOES-16) covers the central and eastern portion of the United States, GOES-S will eventually cover the western part of the country. After reaching its orbit altitude of 22,300 miles above the Earth, GOES-S will be renamed GOES-17.

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