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The launch of the GOES-S weather satellite was a success. It will be renamed GOES-17, or GOES-West once it establishes geostationary orbit over the East Pacific. It will improve weather forecasts in the U.S West Coast.
Russian meteorological satellite Elektro-L takes high-resolution images of Earth every 30 minutes. Only twice a year, during an Equinox, can it capture an image like this one, showing an entire hemisphere bathed in sunlight.
The first lightning detector in a geostationary orbit, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), aboard is now transmitting data never before available to forecasters. The mapper continually looks for lightning flashes in the Western Hemisph.
SpaceX is about to launch two of its space internet satellites the first of nearly 12000 Now that the dust has settled from SpaceXs first Falcon Heavy mission the company is getting back to its routine with another Falcon 9 launch. The rocket is slated to take off from California this morning sending up an Earth-observation satellite called Paz for Spain. But the vehicle will also have two additional satellites hitchhiking along for the ride: prototype probes built by SpaceX to test out…
Geostationary Orbit: A geostationary orbit, often referred to as a GEO orbit, circles the Earth above the equator from west to east at a height of 36 000 km. As it follows the Earth’s rotation, which takes 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds, satellites in a GEO orbit appear to be ‘stationary’ over a fixed position. Their speed is about 3 km per second.
This magnificent image is a portrait of the Earth taken in one single shot. At 121 megapixels, it is the highest resolution image of the planet ever and was taken by the geostationary Russian weather satellite the Electro-L.
A geostationary orbit, geostationary Earth orbit or geosynchronous equatorial orbit is a circular orbit 35,786 kilometres above the Earth's equator and following the direction of the Earth's rotation. An object in such an orbit has an orbital period equal to the Earth's rotational period , and thus appears motionless, at a fixed position in the sky, to ground observers. Communications satellites and weather satellites are often placed in geostationary orbits, so that the satellite…