CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new weather satellite is about to go up into space. It’s called GOES-R and NASA hopes to send up into space very soon.
The new GOES-R weather satellite represents the first major upgrade in weather satellite technology since 1994. The satellite will carry instruments that will help improve monitoring the weather down on Earth and in space.
It will provide more frequent and higher resolution images of weather patterns including hurricanes and severe storms for more accurate weather forecasts and severe weather warnings.
“Whenever the current data is better that makes our computer models better for forecasting,” 22News Storm Team meteorologist Nick Bannin explained. “It can give us a much better idea about what’s going to happen in the future.”
The new satellite will also be able to measure both cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning.In addition, it can also detect space weather like solar eruptions that can disrupt power utilities and communication and navigation systems on Earth.
The satellite is scheduled to be launched at 5:42 p.m. Saturday.