Submitted by ub on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 07:47

A new satellite will soon be offering high-definition images of the weather. The USA's newest weather satellite launching today will send back images our way that we have never seen of severe storms, blizzards, hurricanes and lightning strikes.

The powerful satellite can scan the entire Western Hemisphere in five minutes. The school-bus-size satellite, GOES-R was designed and built by Lockheed Martin and will be run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

If everything GOES-Right, The first spacecraft in a new series of NASA-built advanced geostationary weather satellites is set to launch into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Saturday, Nov. 19. The one-hour launch window opens at 5:42 p.m. EST. Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 3:45 p.m., NASA TV Media Channel - GOES-R prelaunch coverage by NASA EDGE.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 4:45 p.m., NASA TV Media Channel - GOES-R launch coverage. The one-hour launch window opens at 5:42 p.m. EST.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:00 p.m., NASA TV - GOES-R Centaur burn and spacecraft separation coverage.

NASA Sets GOES-R/Atlas V Launch Events Coverage

No matter where you get your weather forecast, a new satellite will probably improve it overnight…

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