[Update] NASA successfully launched the GOES-R into orbit and the spacecraft is currently making its way to the target for the satellite, which will be an orbit of more than 22,000 miles above Earth.

You can keep up with its progress by checking out our Twitter moment for the launch below.

[Original Story] A spacecraft called the GOES-R has been awaiting its launch into space for some time now, set to “revolutionize weather forecasting”, it will be launched alongside the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 later today at 5:42 p.m. EST (10:42 UK).

The launch will be shown on NASA Television’s public channel at that time.

During the launch, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will lift the GOES-R satellite into an orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth at which point it will be the first of NASA’s advanced weather satellites to be in orbit.

The plan is to send the satellite into a geostationary orbit, at which point the GOES-R will be renamed to GOES-16 and it will begin to provide images of weather patterns and severe storms “as regularly as every five minutes or as frequently as every 30 seconds”.

NASA says that these images would then be useable for weather forecasts, outlooks, watches, and warnings, as well as, lighting conditions, maritime forecasts, and aviation forecasts, with longer term forecasting capabilities.

It will also be able to monitor space weather conditions constantly, including the effects of solar flares. Allowing NASA to get advance notice about conditions.

We will update this article once the GOES-R has been launched with details of its success or failure. You can watch it live via the embed above.

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