NASA launches Next Generation Weather Satellite GOES-R

Posted on:21 Nov 2016 18:17:01
NASA launches Next Generation Weather Satellite GOES-R
21 November 2016 Current Affairs: The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the highly advanced geostationary weather satellite Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R).

The Satellite was launched by NASA on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was launched on board of Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Highlights of the Satellite : It will boost the weather observation capabilities of the US, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings. 

It will be into the operations within a year after undergoing testing and validation of new instruments including the first operational lightning mapper in geostationary orbit. Its primary instrument Advanced Baseline Imager will provide images of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment with 16 different spectral bands.  It is also first satellite to carry a lightning mapper instrument to geostationary orbit.

 It will photograph lightning activity throughout Western Hemisphere about 200 times every second.

It will monitor the sun and relay crucial information to forecasters so they can issue space weather alerts and warnings.  It will also be a part of the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System, an international satellite-based search and rescue network operated by NOAA.

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