On March 1, 2018, a 2-hour year has been reserved for a next-generation GOES-S satellite that will be launched aboard United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the geostationary orbit. Once the satellite becomes active later this year, it will read weather, wildfires, fog, storms, cyclones, and every other natural calamity that might hit the Western United States. NASA along with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will launch the GOES-S satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 5:02 p.m. EST (22:02 GMT) for which, NASA will provide live feed via NASA TV.
NOAA in partnership with NASA will launch the next generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) later to be named as GOES-West. It will hover and scan weather-related data for the Western United States which has remained under-defined by previous GEOS Satellites. According to NASA, the new GOES-West will cover the area between New Zealand and North America thereby providing seamless and high-definition images, videos and data of the weather conditions. NASA has sent over a dozen GOES-R satellites in its constellation at the geosynchronous orbit that was flagged off by the American space agency in 1975.
GOES-S Satellite will provide a high-definition feed of Western United States along with Alaska which earlier remained isolated from the scanners of other weather satellites. This will extend the life of GOES-R constellation to 2036 as many more satellites will be launched in coming years. Further, these satellites are destined to provide images and results on weather in and around the United States which helps the agency decide and evacuate the people from vulnerable regions. The 45th Weather Squadron at the launch pad evaluated that there are 80% chances for favorable weather conditions for the launch on March 01. If anyhow the agency fails to launch the rocket within the window provided, the rocket will be scheduled to launch on March 02 at the same time. Surprisingly, the backup window on a latter-day has the same probability of favorable weather conditions.
GOES-East satellite provided imperative data regarding weather in the past few years including warnings on Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, and others. The data collected by these satellites is crucial as it saves thousands of lives by providing alerts on the intensity and velocity of these storms and weather calamities that would otherwise kill thousands of people. Scientists are NOAA are aiming towards receiving similar data of the western coast of the United States including Alaska. The satellite will provide real-time weather reports on the western coast of the U.S. thereby extending the range where NOAA can track weather conditions.