NASA will launch geostationary satellite to improve climate observation

NASA will launch geostationary satellite to improve climate observation
NASA will launch geostationary satellite to improve climate observation

NASA will launch a geostationary satellite on June 25 that will allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) improve the ability to observation of meteorological phenomena and environmental monitoring of the Earth.

The satellite, known as GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite U)will take off aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Its main objective is to improve the observation capacity of meteorological phenomena, as well as studying the climatic conditions of space.

Equipped with advanced atmospheric imaging and measurement instruments, GOES-U will perform real-time mapping of lightning activity and detect space weather hazards.

In addition, it will carry a compact coronagraph to capture images of the outer layer of the Sun’s atmosphere and detect coronal mass ejections.

As part of the GOES-R series, GOES-U will significantly contribute to the monitoring and forecasting of climate, ocean and environmental dynamics in real time.

Once in orbit and verified to function, NOAA will redesignate it as GOES-19, joining the GOES satellite constellation that covers the west coast of Africa to New Zealand.

This launch is part of the collaboration between NASA and NOAA to improve understanding of the Earth, its climate and environment.

The GOES satellite constellation plays a key role in the protecting one billion people in the Americas by providing data for weather forecasting and tracking severe storms.

NASA and SpaceX have set a two-hour launch window that will open at 5:16 p.m. EDT (21:30 GMT) on Tuesday, June 25.

 
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