|Rob and Tom|
On Saturday, Nov. 19, NOAA's GOES-R satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. There was a special viewing for employees in Maryland, so we both helped out with the event, setting up banners, arranging snacks, coordinating the local event and about 80 people showed up.
There was a kick off talk from a scientist explaining about the satellite.
|Launch of GOES-R at 6:42 p.m.EST|
THE LAUNCH - At 6:42 p.m. on Nov. 19th as the day's launch window closed, the nearly 200-foot United Launch Alliance rocket bolted from Launch Complex 41 with more than 2.2 million pounds of thrust from a Russian main engine and four solid rocket boosters.
|A packed room of viewers|
(for info go to www.goes-r.gov)
1) Scans of the Western Hemisphere from North Pole to South Pole will be collected five times faster — in just five minutes.
2) At the same time, images of local storm events can be refreshed as often as every 30 seconds. That means almost real-time, movie quality views will replace the blurrier time-lapse images available now.
3) he pictures will collect three times more information with four times better resolution, revealing features never seen before.
|Rob and Tom at a display|
5) The imager will work with a new lightning mapper that will spot developing storms sooner, allowing forecasters to get warnings of tornadoes or flash floods out minutes earlier.
LAUNCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/FDhJYgcHDX8