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New NOAA satellite to improve forecasting in Arizona

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Artist’s rendering of the GOES-R spacecraft in orbit with Earth in the background.    Credit: Lockheed Martin Artist’s rendering of the GOES-R spacecraft in orbit with Earth in the background. Credit: Lockheed Martin

WASHINGTON - The newest NOAA geostationary satellite will be launched by March 1st. 

The GOES-S will provide additional support to GOES-16 and NOAA-20 satellite data for forecast accuracy. The data obtained from this launch will provide invaluable forecast information, honing in on the western US, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

Many low pressure systems originate in the northeastern Pacific region and affect the western US, Alaska, and Hawaii. However, since there is minimal data over this region, the GOES-S positioning is going to fill in any gaps for the GOES-16 data. 

As NOAA continues upgrading its satellite acquisitions, the quality of GOES-S will be as significant an upgrade as was the release of GOES-16. These two satellites operate with speeds five times faster and four times the resolution quality of the former GOES satellite. 

A specific forecast advantage to GOES-S is the facilitation of tracking wildfires shortly after their origins. This will allow for early evacuation before the fire's rapid intensification and could ultimately lead to saving many lives. 

This satellite will also allow for a focus on visibility forecasts due to fog and will aid in smoother airport operations. 

The launch is scheduled for March 1 at 3:02 PM MST from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  This can be viewed on NASA-TV.

Click here for updates on the GOES-S launch from NASA.

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