The Times West Virginian

May 18, 2013

Fairmont in ‘world’s weather network’

One of two ground stations that will provide communication function for the new satellites

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation’s involvement in several weather programs has positioned Fairmont as a major player in the “world’s weather network.”

Jim Estep, president and CEO of the WVHTC Foundation, explained that the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, located in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park, is one of two ground stations that will provide the communication function for the new weather satellites that are going to be launched next year.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series program (GOES-R) is a project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with NASA. GOES-R will stay in a fixed place in the sky over the United States and collect weather data.

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