WEBVTT FILE 1 00:00:00.060 --> 00:00:04.070 Narrator: Say you've been observing Earth's weather using GOES satellites for the past 40 years. 2 00:00:04.090 --> 00:00:08.110 and suddenly you realize you need to launch another satellite to keep doing it because it's really important. 3 00:00:08.130 --> 00:00:12.160 naturally, you might think to yourself, "Great, let's just 4 00:00:12.180 --> 00:00:16.230 parts from the previous satellite, launch them into space, and let them do their 5 00:00:16.250 --> 00:00:20.330 thing". Unfortunately that's just not how it works. 6 00:00:20.350 --> 00:00:24.390 Scientists and engineers are always looking for better ways to improve the weather forecast, and for them, 7 00:00:24.410 --> 00:00:28.450 images like this from decades old satellites just aren't quite up to snuff. 8 00:00:28.470 --> 00:00:32.500 Thankfully scientists and engineers have been busy working with meteorologists to improve things. So they have 9 00:00:32.520 --> 00:00:36.590 an idea of what data is needed next. That way when they launch a new satellite 10 00:00:36.610 --> 00:00:40.640 they're adding to what they learned before, which means even better weather forecast for the rest of us. 11 00:00:40.660 --> 00:00:44.670 So, when you build a satellite in NOAA's GOES series called GOES-R. 12 00:00:44.690 --> 00:00:48.720 It naturally sets off a flurry of activity. Because they always want to improve 13 00:00:48.740 --> 00:00:52.780 things. Engineers might change the satellite platform, upgrade all the instruments, and 14 00:00:52.800 --> 00:00:56.840 because it's meant to improve the forecast, add something totally new that's never been done before. 15 00:00:56.860 --> 00:01:00.870 Like a new lightning mapper. After months of constructive debates and probably 16 00:01:00.890 --> 00:01:04.900 more than a few late nights, they'll finally come to an agreement. 17 00:01:04.920 --> 00:01:08.920 Once everything has been approved, the engineers get to design and put the satellite together. 18 00:01:08.940 --> 00:01:13.000 However, even though they've built GOES satellites before, it's not just a matter of pulling out the old designs and 19 00:01:13.020 --> 00:01:17.040 bolting everything together. Because there's new science to be done, things need to be redesigned 20 00:01:17.060 --> 00:01:21.090 modified, upgraded, built, tested, re-tested, 21 00:01:21.110 --> 00:01:25.140 tested some more, and finally delivered so that at the end of the day it all fits neatly 22 00:01:25.160 --> 00:01:29.220 atop a giant rocket. Once all that's finished, the satellite launches into space 23 00:01:29.240 --> 00:01:33.260 The scientists and engineers celebrate and lots of new data stars coming in that improves the weather 24 00:01:33.280 --> 00:01:47.054 forecast for us here on Earth.