Weather satellite successfully launched

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  • Anonymous


Abstract

The first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), one of a series of five advanced weather satellites, was launched on April 13 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Named GOES 8 since achieving orbit, the satellite will provide more precise and timely weather observation and atmospheric measurement data. Its three-axis stabilized design allows the satellite sensors to continuously stare at Earth for 24-hour observation. Current spin-stabilized satellites view the Earth only 5% of the time.

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