NASA will launch geostationary satellite to improve climate observation

On June 25, a NASA geostationary satellite will be launched with the purpose of improving climate observation.

NASA is scheduled for the launch of a geostationary satellite on June 25 in order to improve the monitoring of meteorological phenomena and the Earth’s environment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“The mission will take off on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from a platform at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and will aim to study the climatic conditions of space,” as reported.

The NOAA satellite, called GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite U) will carry a series of specialized instruments that will allow obtaining advanced quality images, performing atmospheric measurements and real-time mapping of lightning activity as well as detecting of approaching space weather hazards.

“It will include a new compact coronagraph (a device that allows observing dimly illuminated objects near a star) that will take images of the outer layer of the Sun’s atmosphere to detect mass ejections from the corona.”

It is the fourth and last satellite in the GOES-R series. And its main objective will be to improve the ability to “monitor and forecast climate, ocean and environmental dynamics in real time.”

To obtain better images, the NASA satellite is equipped with seven high-definition instruments for monitoring the Earth’s western hemisphere. Once the launch is completed and in-orbit verification is done, NOAA “will redesignate GOES-U as GOES-19.”


Source: enfoquenoticias

(Reference image source: SpaceX in Unsplash)

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