NOAA’s GOES-R weather satellite launch date set, according to NASA

The long-awaited launch will introduced the first major updates to the weather monitoring since the 1980s.

Prototype of the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager in 2013. (Courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center )
Prototype of the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager in 2013. (Courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center )
Prototype of the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager in 2013. (Courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center )

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.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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