America's Most Advanced Weather Satellite, GOES-R, Launches And Rockets On Mission Into Space (Video)

First Posted: Nov 21, 2016 04:20 AM EST

GOES-R spacecraft, the best weather satellite, rocketed on the mission in space on Saturday night. It will monitor the U.S. weather including the tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic ash clouds, lighting storms, flooding, solar flares and wildfires.

NBC's meteorologist Al Roker said that it will get more data, more often, much more detailed, and higher resolution. He further said that in the case of tornadoes, it can give people another 10, 15, 20 minutes, they are talking about lives being saved, as noted by Phys.Org.

NOAA's GOES-R satellite will orbit the Earth and observe the weather conditions on Earth. This could aid the forecasters in predicting the weather accurately. It will also provide increased abilities to trace the storm intensity and the development on Earth. Furthermore, it will track solar and space weather, too.

NASA reports that GOES-R has sensors that can pick up signals from emergency beacons as part of the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System. It is the 16th in the series of satellites created to monitor meteorological conditions on Earth. It offers four times more spatial resolution, three times more spectral information and five times faster coverage than the past GOES spacecraft.

The weather satellite will be renamed GOES-16 once it reached its orbit. It is conceptualized for up to 10 years of operation with about 18 years of fuel onboard the satellite.

GOES-R leaped off from the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 on Florida's East Coast. "And liftoff of NOAA's GOES-R. America's most advanced weather eye in the sky," said Michael Curie, the NASA's launch commentator.

Meanwhile, NASA's launch director for the GOES-R mission Omar Baez said that soon there will be an asset for forecasting that is basically a closed-circuit television looking at America's weather. 

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