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Satellite to help planes avoid turbulence

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Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:12 PM by AlexMuller

A new weather satellite that could help pilots avoid turbulence has launched into space. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said it would beam clearer images of cloud "waves", which contribute to turbulence, back to earth more quickly. It is also set to give better estimates of wind speed, fog, ice and lightning.

 

Pilots have welcomed the advances, which are expected to be available from the second half of 2017. GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) is billed as the world's most advanced weather satellite. It also claims to pick up on hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms and solar flares more quickly.
 
The $1bn (£800m) satellite will scan the skies five times faster than previous versions and with four times greater image resolution, according to Noaa. For airlines, the improved data and imaging will help pilots plan their routes to avoid hazardous conditions.
 
Steven Goodman, a senior programme scientist for GOES-R, said satellites had previously struggled to capture clouds in enough detail to show the "waves" that contribute to turbulence.
 
But the new satellite would deliver clearer views and send images back within minutes, he told the BBC.
 
"It will give the weather as it's looking now rather than the weather that happened 15 to 30 minutes ago," he said.
 
It was designed to also measure in-cloud lightning, wind speeds and fog patterns more accurately, he said.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-11-23
+1
Weather satellites already provide very valuable information for almost everything that people need to know and if they could be even better, that is great! Reply


 

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