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Breakdown: Why a new weather satellite is being launched into space

HAPPENING TODAY - NOAA’s GOES-T is set for liftoff on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 8:42 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2022 at 8:50 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will launch the next Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Tuesday.

This satellite is the third in the GOES – R Series, the Western Hemisphere’s most sophisticated weather-observing and environmental-monitoring system.

The GOES Series provides advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and monitoring of space weather and helps speed up data delivery to the National Weather Service.

Rendering of GOES-T Satellite
Rendering of GOES-T Satellite(NASA)

It will replace 2018′s GOES-17, which is operational but suffering from a cooling problem on its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument.

After a transition period including data handoff, GOES-17 will go into orbital storage, according to the GOES website.

Once declared operational, GOES-T will be renamed GOES-18 and monitor the western part of the United States.

NOAA’s GOES-T is scheduled to launch between 4:38 p.m. EST and 6:38 p.m. EST on March 1 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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