NOAA launches GOES-11

NOAA launches GOES-11

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA this month launched a new weather satellite.

The fourth in a series of five satellites, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-11 will orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth, NOAA officials said.

GOES-11 replaces a unit working beyond its life expectancy and relieves NOAA weather forecasters of their dependency on a number of backup systems.

A backup unit that would have replaced the ailing unit had to be called into service when another satellite showed signs of failure in 1998, long before its scheduled retirement, GAO reported. The agency positions one satellite to cover the Atlantic and another to cover the Pacific.

'Patricia Daukantas, Tony Lee Orr, William Jackson and Susan M. Menke

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