CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (WAFF) - An innovative piece of weather equipment, featuring technology designed in Huntsville, went into space on Thursday.
The GOES-S satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:02 p.m.
The GOES-S carries a Geostationary Lightning Mapper. It's designed to watch for lightning. Data forecasters can use the information to track storms better.
The satellite went up on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V that was built in Decatur.
GOES-S was redesignated as GOES-17 after it reached geostationary orbit.
NASA reports it is the second satellite in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites R series.
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