(KWQC) -- GOES-S the next generation of weather satellites is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Florida this afternoon. GOES-S is the sister of GOES-R (GOES-16) and the second of four geostationary weather satellites, that will greatly improve weather and environmental phenomena that affect public safety.
Simply put, GOES-S will be like taking going from a black and white tv set to full 4K HD.
GOES-S will launch on top of an Atlas V rocket and orbit around 26,000 miles above the Earth's surface. It will undergo a few months of testing and become operational by late 2018.