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What the World's Most Badass Weather Satellite Can Do

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Harvey Ayers

GOES-R is on its way to a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.

In two weeks, it ll reach its destination, becoming the first of a new generation of Earth-observing spacecraft that will extend NOAA s ability to monitor weather in the western hemisphere out to the year 2036.

Capable of scanning the planet five times faster, at four times the spatial resolution, and in three times more spectral bands than current geostationary weather satellites, GOES-R is going to be a game changer for forecasting.

The newly-launched GOES-R satellite offers much higher-resolution imaging capabilities.

NOAA s current GOES satellites were built with 1990s hardware, and if you want an analogy for the technological leap GOES-R represents, just think about your first computer 20 years ago compared with what s sitting on your desk today.

The Advanced Baseline Imager ABI , GOES-R s primary weather-monitoring instrument suite, is speedier, higher resolution, and overall far more capable than its predecessors.

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