The US launched a rocket Atlas V with a meteorological satellite

New weather satellite built in Colorado will launch on Thursday

NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) is scheduled for launch around 3 p.m. MST in Florida.

About it reports a press-service of the company United Launch Alliance.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s new satellite that is launching from Cape Canaveral on March 1, 2018 could help scientists to get a better handle on the wild ways climate change is changing our weather. Liftoff was at 5:02 p.m. EST.

There's a new satellite in space that's helping NASA and weather forecasters gather data on daily weather patterns, storms and wildfires. In addition, GOES-S will be able to collect additional information on forest fires, volcanic eruptions, dust storms.

With these two new satellites, NOAA's high-definition coverage will stretch from the Atlantic near West Africa, a hotbed for hurricane formation, all the way across the USA and the Pacific out to New Zealand.

As of this story's initial publication, the rocket was slated to release GOES-S around 6:40 pm MT en route to geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the earth. NOAA officials also expect all the GOES weather satellites to make the agency's geostationary weather constellation last into 2036. From there, it constantly will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements, real-time mapping of lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather. GOES-17 also will be an important tool for forecasters to track and predict the formation and dissipation of fog, which can disrupt airport operations. It will hover and scan weather-related data for the Western United States which has remained under-defined by previous GEOS Satellites. The program is co-located at NASA'sGoddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The weather service's Jim Yoe said on NASA TV that he was "really excited" to see his first launch in person. Lockheed Martin Space of Littleton, Colorado, built the spacecraft and is responsible for spacecraft development, integration and testing.

Tim Marsh, acting GOES-R system program director at NOAA stated that the total cost of the four satellites, from inception to the conclusion of their mission in the 2030s, will be approximately $10 billion.

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