NASA launched on 24 May the weather satellite GOES-N, the first of the new N series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. The satellite, which becomes GOES-13 once it reaches its final orbit, joins the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's collection of weather satellites that provide the agency with data for weather forecasts and warnings.
The GOES-N series has several improvements over previous GOES satellites. A highly stable pointing platform will allow improved performance from the satellite's sounder—which gathers atmospheric data—and its imager. In addition, the satellite will enable NOAA to improve forecasts and warnings of solar disturbances.