GOES-S view of Earth from its checkout location. Credit: NOAA
The 5.5 ton school bus sized probe will provide vastly improved forecasts and warnings on weather, wildfires, tornadoes and cyclones for California and the western United States all the way out to Hawaii and Guam in ways that will positively impact the lives of everyday people as well as save lives by helping pinpoint outbreaks of severe weather in near real time.
Image shows the view of Earth from the GOES West operational position. Credit: NOAA/CIMSS
The gigantic school bus sized satellite measures 6.1 m x 5.6 m x 3.9 m (20.0 ft x 18.4 ft x 12.8 ft) with a three-axis stabilized spacecraft bus.