NASA Successfully Launches GOES-U Satellite for Weather and Solar Storm Monitoring


NasaNASA launched the GOES-U satellite successfully from Florida's Kennedy Space Center aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. This satellite, part of the GOES-R series by NOAA and NASA, is destined for geostationary orbit where it will monitor both space weather and terrestrial weather conditions.

After approximately two weeks, GOES-U will reach geostationary orbit and be renamed GOES-19. NASA highlighted its role in studying Earth and space weather, emphasizing its suite of seven instruments for advanced imagery, atmospheric measurements, real-time lightning mapping, and detection of space weather threats.

A notable addition on board is a compact coronagraph, a first-time inclusion, designed to observe the Sun's corona for large plasma eruptions that could lead to geomagnetic storms. Orbiting at around 35,700 km above Earth, GOES-U aims to enhance weather forecasting, aid climate research with high-resolution imagery, and provide early warnings for severe weather events and tropical cyclones.

Both NOAA and NASA are collaborating on future generations of geostationary satellites, aiming to develop the Geostationary Extended Observations system to further advance observational capabilities from space.