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Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R)
Dec 03, 2016

Why in NEWS:

NASA on Saturday blasted off a new satellite Known as GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellitesdesigned to offer a "huge leap" in weather forecasting by sending back more frequent and higher-definition images of severe weather patterns.

Key Facts:

  • The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin and lifted off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
  • The GOES-R Program is managed by NOAA with an integrated NOAA-NASA program office organizatio
  • GOES-R will provide images of weather pattern and severe storms as frequently as every 30 seconds, which will contribute to more accurate and reliable weather forecasts and severe weather outlooks. 
  • GOES-R’s environmental data products will support short-term weather forecasts and severe storm watches and warnings, maritime forecasts, seasonal predictions, drought outlooks and space weather predictions.
  • GOES-R products will improve hurricane tracking and intensity forecasts, increase thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time, improve aviation flight route planning, provide data for long-term climate variability studies, improve solar flare warnings for communications and navigation disruptions and enhance space weather monitoring.



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