NASA launched a new satellite Saturday.
And it is said to revolutionize how we predict weather.
A new weather satellite, called GOES-R launched at 6:42 Eastern standard time on November 19th.
It is taking a big jump in the weather field as it will orbit 22,000 miles above earth.
Ken Simosko, from the National Weather Service relates the new satellite to a high definition TV, “Think back in the 1960s and 1970s when we had black and white TV and then we went over to color. So imagine you watching you’re TV now it’s black and white you go to sleep, and then the next morning
you get up, up in front of you is a high definition TV. That is the leap we are taking with the GOES-R of GOES 16.”
When it is in space it will be called GOES 16, the next in a series of satellites.
That will not only provide more data, but better data.
Simosko adds, “We are going to be able to notice a tremendous difference in our detail. Storms, we are going to be able to scan them 5 times faster, that’s going to be really beneficial as we take a look at
thunderstorms as they develop and also snow storms. The resolution also 4 times better.”
A new feature for the GOES satellite, is cloud to ground detection, which will help in the case of severe weather.
“Much better and much faster on a severe thunderstorm that will
become severe, it can get that warning out that much faster to the
public and to the emergency managers,” said Simosko.
With the quicker screenshots of earth, emergency managers will have faster response times.
“We’re going to be able to get this information out much quicker, which means a better response time, which is going to make a weather ready nation more resilient in the future,” says Simosko.
Right now, the power and communication from the satellite is working great.
Information won’t be available to the public until the summer.
It’s next big task is to stabilize the satellite to NASA’s orbit for the next two weeks.
When the satellite is in full operation, the current satellites will eventually be replaced.