The GOES R weather satellite of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched on Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch occurred at 6:42 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and was carried into space by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch was scheduled to take place at approximately six o'clock p.m. but was delayed due to technological issues with the launch range and rocket itself. After the resolution of the early difficulties, the launch went off smoothly.
The GOES R launched on Sunday is one of four advanced weather satellites that are collectively recognized as GOES R. The satelliteis anticipated to give weather forecasters their best ever chance to predict storms, severe weather events, and weather patterns in general.
"Without a doubt, GOES-R will revolutionize weather forecasting as we know it," said assistant administrator for NOAA Satellite and Information Services division, Stephen Volz, during anews conference held on Thursday. "For weather forecasters, GOES-R will be similar to going from a black-and-white TV to super-high-definition TV. For the American public, that will mean faster, more accurate weather forecasts and warnings. That also will mean more lives saved and better environmental intelligence for state and local officials and all decision makers."
PopularToday Show weather man, Al Roker, who was in attendance at the GOES R satellite launch at Cape Canaveral, concurred with Volz, stating that the amount of data forecasters would presumably receive was incredible.