Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)
Exelis has built every imager and sounder onboard the GOES series. GOES has allowed meteorological observation to be "earth synchronous." By continuously surveying a particular area, like the East Coast of the US and Caribbean, GOES has become the backbone for the U.S. civil early warning weather system. With the Imager's multi-spectral design and increased sensitivity it can detect temperature fluctuations; variation in low-level moisture; track hurricanes from their inception as tropical storms; track tornadoes and other severe storms; and alert residents as high-velocity winds approach land. In compiling such data, meteorologists are able to issue warnings and advisories long before they take their effect.
The latest GOES Sounder has improved capabilities over the previous GOES series featuring a greater number of spectral channels, higher spatial resolution, and increased sensitivity for high quality soundings. The Sounder utilizes its improved sensors to collect and identify variations within the Earth's atmosphere using a scanning broad infrared spectrum. With Exelis improvement of the GOES Sounder's spectral channels, meteorologists are now able to observe a greater number of detailed reports that denote important atmospheric fluctuations.
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