(NEWSnet) – The newest and final planned addition to the GOES-U weather satellite network launched Tuesday with the help of a SpaceX rocket, NASA reported.

The launch took off at 5:26 p.m. from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported its team has since received telemetry from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. The spacecraft will take about two weeks to settle into its orbit, and once there will be designated GOES-19.

A team comprised of both NOAA and NASA staff operate the satellites and distribute their information worldwide. The GOES network observations provide real-time mapping of weather activity in the atmosphere such as hurricanes.

This latest satellite also has a coronagraph that can observe the corona of the sun for indications of geomagnetic solar storms.

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