Despite a mishap, GOES-17 is online and producing imagery

GOES-17, the western USA-centric twin satellite to GOES-16 looking at the east and midwest suffered some sort of mishap during launch and deployment. NASA and NOAA just announced they are convening a Mishap Investigation Board to determine the cause. Despite that, the spacecraft is mostly functional. Here is an image from the time of this writing: Zoom…

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NOAA’s newest GOES 17 weather satellite may not be fixable, and a loss

From NOAA and NextGov reports. The second satellite in NOAA’s $11 billion GOES program continues to experience issues with its most important instrument and officials still aren’t sure what’s wrong. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s newest weather satellite—part of the $11 billion Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite constellation set to operate for the next 20…

Where Rivers Run North

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [See updates at the end] In the continental US, most of the rivers run east, west, or south. But in the Yukon and in Alaska, a number of them run north. The Yukon is a most curious river. The source of the Yukon in Lake Bennett in the Yukon Territory…

Microsoft Invests $50 Million in Our New Green AI Overlord

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to advocates the “AI For Earth” is here to help – but human Behaviour must Change to save the planet. Microsoft is Expanding “AI for Earth” Program to Fight Climate Change WRITTEN BY Christianna Reedy IN BRIEF Microsoft is expanding its “AI for Earth” program with a $50 million…

Cool tech: a switchable solar window

Demonstration device dynamically responds to sunlight by transforming from transparent to tinted while converting sunlight into electricity Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Relying on such advanced materials as perovskites and single-walled carbon…

Miniaturized weather satellites?

CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite From NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center – Behind every weather forecast—from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update—are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that…