Pilots have now been placed in a better place to dodge turbulence after a new weather satellite was launched in space.
According to information given by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), the new satellite has the ability to provide clearer images of clouds that lead to the formation of turbulence.
Apart from that, the satellite will also assist in giving a more accurate estimation of lighting, ice, fog and wind speed.
Pilots were quick to loud the progress made even as they wait for it to be made available in the second half of 2017.
The most advanced weather satellite
The name of the new invention is GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite). It is already being referred to as the most advanced weather satellite.
Some of the other things that it is already thought to be able to do include picking up hurricanes, flooding, volcanic ash, tornadoes, wildfires, solar flares and lightning storms.
As per Noaa, the mega satellite cost $1bn USD and will be able to carry out a detailed scanning of the sky five times more than the previous versions.
Major Boost for Airlines
Some of the immediate benefactors are airlines since pilots will now be better placed to keep off hazardous conditions.
A seniors GOES-R scientist, Steven Goodman, said that previous satellites lacked the ability to get an actual of the waves that led to the formation of turbulence.
“It will give the weather as it’s looking now rather than the weather that happened 15 to 30 minutes ago,” he said. It was designed to also measure in-cloud lightning, wind speeds and fog patterns more accurately, he added.
On the other hand, a flight safety specialist at the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), Steve Landells said that pilots will be appreciative of the promised milestone made in weather forecasting.