NOAA shared the first image of the satellite on Wednesday. A video showcases stunning photos of Earth and footage of storms, dust and wildfires.
GOES-18 is a geostationary satellite, so it remains in orbit 22,236 miles (35,800 kilometers) above the equator, allowing it to continuously observe the Western Hemisphere, tracking the same area of Earth at all times. “The data we get on this satellite is 30 times that of previous satellites,” said Alreen Knaub, GOES-T’s deputy program manager. “We’re working on space weather, solar weather and Earth weather.”
New images show the satellite is operating as expected. NOAA in onestatement“GOES-18 is currently undergoing post-launch testing, validation and calibration of its instruments and systems to prepare it for operation. If all goes well, the satellite will receive a new name, GOES, in early 2023,” said Zhong. West, as it will replace the existing GOES-17 satellite that faces technical challenges.”
GOES-18 will be an essential tool for weather forecasting and tracking the storms and hazards below.