Successful GOES-R Launch

Congratulations to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics & Space Agency (NASA) of the United States for the successful launch of their Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series (GOES-R), which successfully launched from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket on November 19, 2016 at 6:42 p.m. EST.

GOES-R, which will be known as GOES-16 once it reaches geostationary orbit, is the United States’ next generation of geostationary weather satellites.

The GOES-R website states, “The GOES-R series will significantly improve the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property…” and provide other important information, such as:

  • Improved hurricane track and intensity forecasts
  • Increased thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time
  • Earlier warning of ground lightning strike hazards
  • Better detection of heavy rainfall and flash flooding risks
  • Improved aviation flight route planning
  • Improved air quality warnings and alerts
  • Better fire detection and intensity estimation
  • Improved solar flare warnings for communications and navigation disruptions
  • More accurate monitoring of energetic particles responsible for radiation hazards to humans and spacecraft
  • Better monitoring of space weather to improve geomagnetic storm forecasting

Learn more on theGOES-R website