The satellite, which will be named GOES-17 when it reaches orbit, will help provide faster and more accurate date on storm systems that threaten the western United States, according to NASA.
The US company United Launch Alliance fired from the Cape Canaveral, Florida state-of-the-art Atlas V, with a meteorological companion called GOES-S.
"We can't wait!" tweeted the National Weather Service in Anchorage just before the rocket soared from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
GOES-S Satellite will provide a high-definition feed of Western United States along with Alaska which earlier remained isolated from the scanners of other weather satellites. It will also provide high-resolution images above Alaska and nearby areas at high latitudes where the agency doesn't now have usable data from its "geostationary constellation".
"Those of us in the severe weather community are really excited about the data we're seeing from GOES-16 [GOES-East]", Kristin Calhoun, a research scientist with NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, said during the conference.
These next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, or GOES, are "a quantum leap above" the federal agency's previous weather sentinels, Volz said. The advanced weather satellite will give researchers and meteorologists unparalleled views of the U.S. West. The satellite will provide more and better data than now available over the northeastern Pacific Ocean, the birthplace of many weather systems that affect the continental United States. It is expected that the satellite will receive more accurate information on storm disasters such as storms, hurricanes, floods. The same first-class service is now coming to the Pacific region.
GOES S mission managers confirmed at 8:58 p.m. EST the spacecraft's solar arrays successfully deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power.
And that translates into lives saved. The $10.8 billion cost includes the development, launch and operation of all four satellites as well as ground systems through 2036. The next satellite, GOES-T, is scheduled for launch in 2020.
A new USA satellite that offers speedy, high-resolution images of storms and may save lives by making forecasts more accurate is poised to launch from a NASA launchpad Thursday, officials said.