NOAA will launch the most advanced geostationary weather satellite to date, named GOES-R, on Saturday afternoon.
Using a powerful new instrument, called the Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, GOES-R will provide data and imagery about weather over the entire Western Hemisphere in real-time even as fast as every 30 seconds, according to a post on the GOES-R update page.
It will allow NOAA to gather data using three times more channels, four times the resolution, at five times faster than before. This faster, more accurate data means better observations of developing storms. The ABI will be used for a wide range of applications related to weather, oceans, land, climate and hazards.
The launch is today at approximately 5:42pm EST. For live coverage of the launch and all of the pre-launch activities, click here for NASA TV downlink, schedule information, and streaming video. Coverage will begin this evening at 4:45pm EST. You can also get live launch updates and follow along on Twitter by following @NOAAsatellites and checking in right here on the official GOES-R launch page.