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Advanced weather satellite launch first of its kind

A new satellite with advanced weather tracking and high resolution imagery will be launched into space Saturday, according to officials.  The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series

News 12 Staff

Nov 17, 2016, 7:21 PM

Updated 2,773 days ago

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A new satellite with advanced weather tracking and high resolution imagery will be launched into space Saturday, according to officials. 
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is the nation's next generation of geostationary weather satellites. 
The GOES-R series will significantly improve the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and our nation's economic health and prosperity. 
The $10.5 billion satellite launches this Saturday, November, 19th.
The satellite will provide advanced imaging with higher resolution than currently available and 5x faster coverage for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity.
The GOES-R series is a four-satellite program (GOES-R/S/T/U) that will extend the availability of the operational GOES satellite system through 2036.


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