Monday, November 21, 2016

Working at Satellite Launch Viewing: GOES-R

Rob and Tom
Since we work in the same place we had the opportunity to work a special viewing of a satellite launch.
    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
   For those of you  who have no idea what GOES-R is, we'll tell you. First, it's a weather satellite. It allows the National Weather Service to monitor weather in the U.S. (it is one of 2 that sit in a fixed orbit over the U.S. and that means that it's "Geostationary."). So when you see clouds and storms moving across the U.S. on TV, those images are from those to "Geostationary" or GOES satellites.

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 
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
4) Views down into a hurricane’s eye wall will help forecasters gauge if a storm is strengthening or weakening. That should improve tracking, and over time make for more accurate landfall predictions that prompt evacuation orders.
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.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next