NOAA’s new-and-improved weather satellite is scheduled to launch Wednesday, Nov. 16, NASA announced Monday.
The long-awaited launch will introduced the first major updates to the weather monitoring since the 1980s.
Colorado-based Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance worked alongside NOAA on the construction and launch preparations of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R, or GOES-R for short.
The impact the new technology will have on weather tracking is the equivalent of what it would be like to upgrade from black and white television to HD. We talked about this, remember?
Despite initial delays thanks to Hurricane Matthew, GOES-R will launch aboard ULA’s Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral.
The two-hour launch window opens at 4:42 p.m. ET. Catch the live stream on NASA TV.
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