Countdown to GOES-R Launch

GOES-R is scheduled to launch on November 16, 2016, at 21:42 GMT (4:42 p.m. EST).
Latest information on impacts to the GOES-R launch date from Hurricane Matthew.

Coming this fall to an orbit near you!

GOES-R will launch on November 16, 2016.

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GOES-R Trailer Video

GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter

Issue 15, 3rd Quarter 2016

The latest GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter is now available for download.

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What is GOES-R?

The GOES-R series, NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites, is a game changer. These satellites will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, total lightning data, and space weather monitoring.

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view of goes-r in orbit

Build your own GOES-R satellite using Legos!

build your own GOES R satellite using LEGOS!


This data visualization shows actual lightning measurements captured by an array of ground-based lighting detectors capable of tracing how lightning propagates through the atmosphere and simulates how the GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper will monitor atmospheric flashes (lightning image credit: Robert Arn ) .

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GOES-R Animated Videos

Three animations tell the story of the GOES-R satellite, from the new things GOES-R will see and do, the satellite’s travels from construction to orbit, and how GOES-R’s data is used to make your local weather forecast.