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NOAA’s GOES-S satellite roars into orbit

01 March 2018

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NOAA's GOES-S, the second in a new series of four highly advanced geostationary weather satellites, blasted into orbit 01 March at 5:02 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida. GOES-S mission managers confirmed that its solar arrays successfully deployed at 8:58 p.m. EST and the spacecraft was operating on its own power.

The satellite will provide faster, more accurate, and more detailed data in near real-time to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, coastal fog, and other hazards that affect the western U.S., Hawaii and Alaska.

Source: NOAA

Image credit: NOAA - GOES-S, carrying a search and rescue instrument, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 01 March, 2018.

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