Earth Observation Mission News
NOAA’s GOES-S satellite roars into orbit
01 March 2018
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.
Image credit: NOAA - GOES-S, carrying a search and rescue instrument, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 01 March, 2018.