MINNEAPOLIS - Later this week, NASA is scheduled to launch the 4th generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, better known as the GOES-S.

These satellites observed the weather across North America in a geostationary orbit, meaning they hover above us and stay put to see the same area 24/7.

The GOES-S will compliment the GOES 16 which went into operation last year, this will be the new satellite that will observe the western side of the United States, giving us an even clearer look at incoming storms with a variety of instruments.

"One of those instruments is the geostationary lightning mapper, and this is the first instrument of its kind to be in geostationary orbit. The lightning mapper detects lightning from cloud to cloud and cloud to ground. That gives us much more information about the formulation of and dissipation of severe weather including tornadoes." said Dr. Jamise Sims, NASA.

The GOES -S Satellite is scheduled to launch on Thursday and once in orbit will go through 6 months of testing before it will become operational later this year.