Another satellite launched with a Fort Wayne connection

GOES-S lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on March 1, 2018. Credit: Harris Corporation

Another satellite is up in space after having one of its most important components built in Fort Wayne.

Kristin Jones, Senior Communications Manager, at Harris Corp sent me the below info.

She writes:

“[On March 1], the GOES-S weather satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with a Harris-built payload on board called the Advanced Baseline Imager. It was built in Fort Wayne and is the main payload on the satellite. There is another version of this same payload on the GOES-R satellite which launched in November 2016. You’ve probably seen all of the beautiful hurricane images taken by it during hurricane season. It captured Harvey, Irma and Maria. GOES-R watches the east and GOES-S will watch the west, where it will be particularly helpful in detecting wildfires.”

Here’s additional info from Harris Corp. explaining the power of this satellite and how it will function in coordination with the satellite that was launched last fall:

The ABI will be controlled by the Harris-built enterprise ground system and deliver three times the amount of spectral coverage in four times the resolution and five times faster than older GOES satellites. It will provide better weather monitoring information more quickly throughout the western half of the United States and support forecasting and public safety efforts.

The ABI is the portion of the satellite near the top of the image that appears to be wrapped in tin-foil. Credit: Harris Corporation
A close-up view of the GOES-S ABI. Credit: Harris Corporation

GOES-S will improve fire detection and severe weather forecasting, helping to protect residents in the western U.S. The ABI instrument has day-and-night thermal detection and 30-second revisit time capabilities providing firefighters more insight into fire intensity, behavior and how it will spread.

“The ABI’s increased capabilities will help save lives and provide new insight and better forecasts for severe weather, fog, volcanic ash and many other environmental issues,” said Eric Webster, vice president and general manager, Harris Environmental Solutions.

Harris ABIs also will be included on GOES-T and GOES-U, which will complete NOAA’s latest generation of geostationary weather satellites. The entire series will be controlled by Harris’ enterprise ground system.


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