NASA readies next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) for NOAA

Significant weather forecasting improvements
with new Technical innovations on board

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL—The new generation GOES-R satellites will carry significant improvements and technology innovation on board. GOES-R will be able to deliver a full globe scan in only 5 minutes, compared to the 25 minutes needed for the same task with the current GOES satellites. GOES-R’s lightning mapper instrument is expected to improve warning lead time for severe storms and tornadoes by 50%.

The following new capabilities without a doubt will more accurately predict severe weather in advance and help save more lives.

  • 16-Channel imager
  • Resolution four-times greater than current imagery
  • Automated mapping of solar activity
  • Improved hurricane tracking
  • Real-time mapping of lightning
  • Volcanic cloud and fog detection
Above, GOES-R, the first satellite in a series of next-generation NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, arrives at Kennedy Space Center this week aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy cargo jet. These satellites, once launched, will provide significant enhancements for weather forecasters at the National Weather Service, giving them the ability to observe the Western Hemisphere in near-real time.
—NASA photo
Cover photo:  Harris Corp—new ground segment antenna for GOES

Related video (for parents and students):
Al Roker’s exclusive behind-the-scenes GOES satellite reveal:

Related archived articles:
See NOAA, NASA, and “Big Data and Predictive Analytics” (B.D.P.A.), on page 21 of your June 2013 edition of bdpatoday 

See “Safety before the Storm” on page 18 of your June 2011 edition of bdpatoday 

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