NOAA satellite launched successfully

Image Credit: NASA/Chris Giersch

NOAA's second next generation geostationary weather satellite launched into orbit Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just after 5 p.m.

NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) will be operational late this year.

It will occupy NOAA's GOES-West position and provide faster, more accurate data for tracking wildfires, tropical cyclones, fog and other storm systems that threaten the western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

GOES-S is the second in the GOES-R Series of weather satellites that includes GOES-R (now GOES-16), -S, -T and -U. The satellite will be renamed GOES-17 when it reaches geostationary orbit.

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