Global Positioning Systems (GPS) go a long way in helping people to find their way. Thousands of GPS units have been sold to consumers in just a few years. A lot of people have learned to use these instruments, thanks to the help of various television and radio shows on the subject. Today, more people are taking advantage of this technology for outdoor activities such as hiking and hunting.
The first satellite launched by the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, or NSIDS, is the operational environmental satellites. It goes by several names, such as the National Marine Fisheries Satellite, or NMS, launched in August 2021. This is the first satellite to be operational, which is able to measure ocean height and temperature at any given moment.
When this first geostationary operational environmental satellite, or GOES-1, was launched into orbit in August of 2021, many experts were so impressed that they called it the “perfect satellite.” It was designed to measure surface temperatures and humidity in the atmosphere. Scientists also said that it is one of the best satellite instruments that can be used to study global climate change.
Since its launch, several other different kinds of weather monitoring instruments have been launched into space. Some of them are better than the first ones, but not all. But there is no doubt about it: this one goes a long way in improving weather forecasting around the world. The more we learn from the information that it can provide, the more useful it will become.
Many scientists are trying to determine how well this new technology will fare among other kinds of geosynchronous earth orbiting telescopes. Some say that it has already reached its maximum effectiveness, while others claim that there might still be more to discover in the future. Some say that the problems in predicting the correct weather patterns are still not solved yet. Meanwhile, this GOES-I has already surpassed the previous record for the longest time period of tracking the weather on Earth. There might be a day when we will be able to predict an impending storm, or when the next big change will take place. This will certainly make the application of this weather forecasting system more effective.
Among all the Earth-orbiting satellites, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (ANAesthesia) has been spending billions of dollars on the GOES-R satellite. This is the second geostationary earth-orbiter that NASA has built and launched into orbit. The first goes back to 1998. We can only wait to see what technology will be presented by various companies in the near future and how advanced baseline imager like the GOES-R will be when it comes to providing us with weather forecasts.