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Best Weather Satellite Ever Launched: How It Will Save Lives

By Rodney Rafols , Nov 20, 2016 10:14 PM EST

The study of the weather and climate has been important in recent years. This is in part because of climate change, and in part as well to alert people of any dangerous weather development. The best weather satellite ever launched has been made. How it will save lives would be how much advanced it can predict the weather.

NASA has launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) recently. The new weather satellite would be more accurate in giving weather forecasts as well as issuing warnings for severe weather for North America. This has a number of meteorologists and news analysts excited about the new weather satellite.

"What's so exciting is that we're going to get more data, more often, much more detailed, higher resolution," remarked NBC's weather and feature anchor, Al Roker. The new weather satellite is an improvement over current weather satellites that are orbiting the Earth. Stephen Volz, Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said that the satellite is an improvement over current NOAA satellites.

Even airlines will benefit from GOES-R, according to the ABC. With weather improved forecasting casting abilities, GOES-R can help airlines to fly routes that could avoid inclement weather. Rocket launches stand to benefit as well. Roker has said that it can help in saving lives by giving more accurate weather ahead of time.

NOAA has partnered with NASA for the satellite. GOES-R would be the first of four satellites that would be launched. GOES-R would be part of a satellite system that would be used to monitor weather and climate, as it joins three other older satellites with much older technology.

GOES-R will eventually replace one of the older satellites, as Phys Org reports. After that, another satellite would be launched in 2018 to join it. The program would go on until all of the satellites have been launched by 2036.

GOES-R has a high-resolution imager that has four times the resolution and six times the speed of current weather satellite cameras. This is one of six science instruments onboard the satellite. The GOES-R satellite is part of a system that would include a system of land-based satellite dishes. The best weather satellite ever launched to date will soon be operational, and people are counting on it on how it will save lives. Earlier Europe has also launched four satellites that would upgrade its GPS system.

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