NASA launched a new, next-generation meteorological satellite at the end of the day, offering high-resolution images of storms over the Americas, which will dramatically improve weather forecasts.
The Atlas V rocket, with the GOES-S ("Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite") satellite, took off at 17:02 local time (22:02 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
GOES-S is the second satellite of this kind to be launched as part of a joint NASA / NOAA program.
The previous one, GOES-R, was rolled out in November 2016. experts, he helped predict the many hurricanes that hit the Caribbean last summer.
Stephen Volz, a NOAA official, explained that he had "revolutionized" the way weather forecasts are approached .
"This means that more lives are saved and better environmental information is made available to local officials," he explained.
This new generation of satellites, in which NASA and NOAA has invested $ 11 billion, to replace the current GOES satellite fleet, which has not undergone any major modernization in 40 years.
Two more GOES-R satellites built by the US group Lockheed Martin , still to be deployed.