wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities.
Lockheed Martin designed, built and tested the satellite and is responsible for spacecraft launch processing. "Along with its easterly partner GOES-16, GOES-S will help communities and businesses prepare for potentially risky weather events and minimize the hazard to American families and economies".
The launch of the new satellite will be streamed on the FOX31 and Channel 2 Facebook pages.
These next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, or GOES, are "a quantum leap above" the federal agency's previous weather sentinels, Volz said.
The ability of the satellite to track winds and hot spots of western wildfires is expected to save lives, Weather.com reported.
The satellite includes six instruments of which, two are created to study the earths weather while the other four are meant to keep an eye on the weather in space and how it impacts the Earth. These two satellites will together offer the most comprehensive picture for satellite monitoring over the United States in history. The satellite will provide real-time weather reports on the western coast of the USA thereby extending the range where NOAA can track weather conditions. NOAA, NASA, universities and private sector researchers will use the data and results to craft the next GOES series. "They will have detailed, tactical information about a fire and where it's likely to go based on winds and intensity".
And just viewing weather events in so much detail makes it easier to learn how they work.
"The new satellite will augment observations over the Pacific Ocean and around mountain ranges where radar coverage is limited or blocked", said Joe Pica, a National Weather Service manager.
After the satellite is deployed, it will spend about three weeks making its way into geostationary orbit. "The geostationary satellite, the GOES series, is a crucial component of today's global observing system". Development began in 2005, and the program will extend through 2036.
Two more are planned in this four-satellite series: GOES-T in 2020 and GOES-U in 2024.