The GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Validation Science Team has been awarded a NASA Group Achievement Award (GAA) in recognition of the CHUVA Lightning Mapping Array experiment in Brazil. The award will be presented to the team on July 25, 2013 in a ceremony at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.
The team was honored for providing an exemplary contribution to the combined NASA and NOAA mission to develop the next generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R). The team members, participating in a complex international field campaign, successfully deployed, operated and maintained within cost and schedule the São Paulo Lightning Mapping Array (SPLMA) as a world class scientific and operational total lightning observing network. This accomplishment reflected the careful planning, dedicated teamwork, outstanding execution, and unselfish collaboration exhibited by the team. The unique and valuable lightning observations resulting from this team’s effort make an important contribution to the intensive and focused work now underway to develop, test, and validate the GOES-R instrument algorithms and products. Through this process, experience will be gained and the products verified and refined so that they will be ready for immediate use following GOES-R launch.
The GLM CHUVA Campaign had international participation by US (NASA, NOAA, university, industry), Brazil (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Brazil (InPE) and University of Sao Paulo], and European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) in preparing for the next generation geostationary lightning mappers on the GOES-R and EUMETSAT Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites. The first results from the experiment will be presented at the CHUVA Science Workshop May 8-10, 2013 in Sao Paulo hosted by InPE and the University of Sao Paulo.
The 2012 NOAA Satellite and Information Service Annual Report is now available in pdf and in mobile format.
Harris Corporation and NOAA launch new reporting and tracking tool for GOES-R weather satellite operations. Press Release.
This extension of the COMET module “GOES-R: Benefits of Next Generation Environmental Monitoring” focuses on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument, the satellite's 16-channel imager. The module introduces the ABI's key features and improvements over earlier GOES imagers and lets users interactively explore the ABI's 16 channels. It also contains movies that show the advancements that the ABI will bring to a variety of applications and contains additional resources pertaining to the ABI. Module
The PBS series NOVA aired a special segment on earth-observing satellites on February 13, 2013. This 2-hour special, “Earth From Space,” highlights how data from NASA, NOAA, and other satellites are transforming the way we understand and view our dynamic planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the Sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet. Watch the special online at http://video.pbs.org/video/2334144059.
The Winter 2012 issue of The Earth Scientist, the quarterly journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association that provides resources for K-12 Earth and Space Science teachers, features an article on GOES-R and includes a GOES-R satellite poster. You can read the article, “The GOES-R Series: The Nation’s Next-Generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites” online at http://www.nestanet.org/cms/content/store/3665. See page 18 for the piece, which provides an overview of the mission, outlines the benefits the satellites will provide to the nation, and highlights the resources GOES-R provides for fostering education and supporting national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) efforts.
Lockheed Martin has delivered the GOES-R satellite core structure for integration of the propulsion system. Press Release