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NASA launches GOES-R Weather satellite

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) on 20 November 2016 launched the highly advanced geostationary weather satellite Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R).
●    It will boost the weather observation capabilities of the US, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings. 
●    It will be into the operations within a year after undergoing testing and validation of new instruments including the first operational lightning mapper in geostationary orbit. 
●    Its primary instrument Advanced Baseline Imager will provide images of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment with 16 different spectral bands. 
●    It is also first satellite to carry a lightning mapper instrument to geostationary orbit.
●    It will photograph lightning activity throughout Western Hemisphere about 200 times every second.
●    There are four satellites in the GOES series: GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-T and GOES-U
●    This will extend NOAA’s geostationary coverage through 2036 and GOES-R.

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