On March 1, 2018, a 2-hour year has been reserved for a next-generation GOES-S satellite that will be launched aboard United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the geostationary orbit.
The first satellite, GOES-16 has already sent back unprecedented images of impending hurricanes and thunder-storm outbreaks that have helped the team with more accurate weather forecasting, and subsequent disaster management and planning.
An advanced satellite is heading to space as part of a system that's changing the severe weather game.
NOAA's GOES-S satellite launched March 1 on ULA's Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The ability of the satellite to track winds and hot spots of western wildfires is expected to save lives, Weather.com reported. The newest satellite GOES-S, developed by Lockheed Martin will enter into the constellation of satellites created to observe atmospheric phenomena in the Western hemisphere.
"Marine forecasts will improve with GOES-S high-resolution imagery as we see features in the atmosphere and ocean that previous instruments did not allow".
The new satellite will be called GOES-West when it becomes operational later this year. In addition to all four GOES-R Series satellites (R, S, T and U), Lockheed Martin also designed and built the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instruments that will fly aboard each spacecraft. GOES-16 also observed the uncertain path of Hurricanes Irma and the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria in September. The new GOES-S will be at a vantage point to help analyze California's wildfires in more detail, as well.
It will also give forecasters and emergency responders more time to prepare for severe weather across the U.S.as storm systems move east. NOAA, NASA, universities and private sector researchers will use the data and results to craft the next GOES series. The satellite will take a picture of the entire western hemisphere every 15 minutes, the continental United States every 5 minutes, and two more picture settings for storms every 60 and 30 seconds. "They will have detailed, tactical information about a fire and where it's likely to go based on winds and intensity". The same first-class service is now coming to the Pacific region.