It has been two months since the GOES-17 satellite was launched on March 01, 2018. The satellite is presently underneath its six months checkout interval. On May 9, it despatched the ‘first-light’ picture captured by its Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). According to the official assertion, GLM mounted on GOES-17 satellite monitored lightning strikes and its habits in the western hemisphere of the United States giving a forecast on the predicted climate, formation of storms in addition to whether or not it’ll intensify and develop dangerously or not. GLM launched the video capturing the lightning strikes in the midwestern United States. The description of the video reads: “Rapid increases of lightning are a signal that a storm may strengthen quickly and could produce severe weather”. The video launched by Lockheed Martin exhibits the development of lightning strikes in the midwestern United States analyzing which, climate forecasters can detect the emergence of any storms.
After its launch, GOES-17 is at present positioned in a geostationary orbit at the altitude of 22,300 miles above the Earth’s floor. It is at present flying over the western coast of South America. Once its six-month checkout interval ends efficiently, the satellite will probably be repositioned at 50° longitude to the west in order that it captures the western coast of the United States and the Pacific Ocean. The satellite is deliberate to remain in operation for over 15 years whereby it’ll monitor fires, lightning strikes, photo voltaic habits in addition to area climate, and so on.
GOES-17 was launched as a GOES-R mission in order to enhance the present GOES-East satellite which has been monitoring the climate in the jap coast of the United States in addition to New Zealand to the west coast of Africa put up its launch in 2016. GOES-17 will probably be christened as GOES-West as soon as it’s repositioned as per aforementioned. GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites which have been a long-standing satellite climate monitoring mission by NOAA and NASA for years.
In the newest assertion launched by NOAA, the GOES-17 is affected by a cooling downside in one in all its instrument known as Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). It lets the satellite seize photographs in each seen spectra and in infrared wavelengths. While the satellite continues to be capable of seize all the weather-related imagery in seen gentle, it has misplaced or at present restricted from capturing imagery in infrared wavelengths citing its cooling downside.