We get a new view of weather over North America this fall. GOES-R (GOES-16 will be the name when it’s in use) launches on board an Atlas V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral on October 13, 2016.
NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service says:
“GOES-R will be the first satellite in a series of next generation geostationary environmental satellites, which will include GOES-S, T, and U. These satellites will provide significant enhancements for weather forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service, giving them the ability to observe the Western Hemisphere in near real time. GOES-R will offer 3x more spectral channels, 4x better resolution, and provide 5x faster scans of the Earth over the current GOES satellites.
The weather imaging capabilities of GOES-R are like going from a black and white television to HDTV — there is a remarkable increase in resolution and refresh rate. In addition, GOES-R also carries the first lightning mapper to be flown in geostationary orbit and will provide enhanced solar imaging and space weather monitoring capabilities. GOES-R will also be part of the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system, relaying distress signals from 406 MHz emergency beacons to first responders, like the U.S. Coast Guard.”
This satellite technology will make strides toward catching up with Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite that has been operational since the middle of 2015 giving us incredible views of the Pacific and Asia:
Want to know more about why GOES-R matters so much? Read the top five reasons GOES-R matters from NOAA.