Advanced Weather Satellite Launched into Orbit

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The first spacecraft in a new series of NASA-built advanced geostationary weather satellites launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Nov. 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Once in geostationary orbit, GOES-R will be known as GOES-16 and will provide images of weather patterns and severe storms as regularly as every five minutes or as frequently as every 30 seconds. These images can be used to aid in weather forecasts, severe weather outlooks, watches and warnings, lightning conditions, maritime forecasts and aviation forecasts.

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