The Historic GOES-R Satellite Gets Closer To Action! (credit: NOAA Satellite and Information Service)
DISCUSSION: Over the last few years, there has been tremendous research and improving the science behind satellite technology in the interest of measuring various properties pertaining to earth atmosphere and oceans. Much recent research has led atmospheric scientists and satellite researchers alike to produce and culminate the project known as GOES-R. The satellite technology in this newest and cutting-edge satellite is unlike anything the atmospheric science realm has ever experienced. This year power and ability of the satellite imagers on-board cameras and incredible array of high-resolution sensors will be producing some of the most incredible data archives that meteorological research has ever seen in the history of the science. More specifically, it will produce high-resolution images of convective storms that will be captured as often as every 60 seconds! This satellite will literally change the fabric of forecasting in atmospheric research in terms of its ability to visualize fine detail associated with many different types of atmospheric phenomena.
Attached below is an actual photograph of the massive satellite being carefully unloaded off of a U.S. Air Force military aircraft transport and onto a flat-bed truck before being carefully prepared for its upcoming launch into outer space where it will commence its real-time down-looking operations for Earth! Note how large the satellite and how much space was needed to transport this one piece of incredibly expensive equipment from its various origins of development in different parts of the country including (but not limited to) Colorado State University and various manufacturing locations owned by Lockheed Martin. To learn more about other neat weather stories and events pertaining to applied meteorology, be sure to click here!