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Mission Overview
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GOES-R improvements over current GOES click here.
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites – R Series (GOES-R) is the next generation of geostationary weather satellites, scheduled for first launch in early 2016. The program is a collaborative development and acquisition effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop, deploy and operate the satellites. The GOES-R series satellites will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere and space weather monitoring to provide critical atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar and space data.

GOES-R will provide images of weather pattern and severe storms as frequently as every 30 seconds, which will contribute to more accurate and reliable weather forecasts and severe weather outlooks. GOES-R’s environmental data products will support short-term weather forecasts and severe storm watches and warnings, maritime forecasts, seasonal predictions, drought outlooks and space weather predictions. GOES-R products will improve hurricane tracking and intensity forecasts, increase thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time, improve aviation flight route planning, provide data for long-term climate variability studies, improve solar flare warnings for communications and navigation disruptions and enhance space weather monitoring.

The GOES-R Program is managed by NOAA with an integrated NOAA-NASA program office organization, staffed with personnel from NOAA and NASA, and supported by industry contractors. The Program is co-located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

GOES-R is composed of the GOES-R Program Office and two integrated NOAA-NASA project offices: the Flight Project and the Ground Segment Project. The Flight Project oversees the development of the Space Segment, which consists of the spacecraft, the instruments, launch vehicle, and the auxiliary communication payloads. The Ground Segment Project consists of the facilities, antenna sites, and the software and hardware for satellite command and control and to process, create, and distribute end user products.

The GOES-R series will maintain the 2-satellite system implemented by the current GOES series. However, the locations of the operational GOES-R satellites will be 75W and 137W. The latter is a shift from current GOES at 135W in order to eliminate conflicts with other satellite systems. The GOES-R series operational lifetime extends through December 2036. For a history of the GOES series, click here.

GOES-R Instrument Suites
ABI EXIS GLM MAG SEISS SUVI
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Advanced
Baseline Imager
Extreme Ultra
Violet / X-Ray Irradiance Sensor
Geostationary Lightning Mapper Magnetometer Space
Environmental
In-Situ Suite
Solar
Ultra Violet
Imager
GOES Flyout Schedule
GOES-R Flyout Schedule
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GOES-R Milestones
GOES-R Milestones Chart
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