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January 12, 2015:  What exactly goes into building a new weather satellite? A new animated video explains how GOES-R was developed and how new science and technology on the GOES-R series satellites will provide significant advancements in the observation of severe weather.  So You Want To Build a Weather Satellite
January 12, 2015:  All six instruments that will fly on the NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Satellite – R (GOES-R) satellite have now completed integration onto the spacecraft. Together, these instruments will offer significant improvements for the observation of both terrestrial weather and space weather that impact life on Earth. The program is now focusing on the environmental testing phase, the next step for the GOES-R satellite, to ensure it is prepared to withstand the rigors of launch and operation in the extreme environment of space.  Feature Story
January 5, 2015:  News from AMS 2015: NOAA’s Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan announced that the GOES-R satellite is scheduled for launch in March 2016 and will continue observations during its extended post-launch testing through the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season and transition immediately into operations afterward (around March 2017). This will make the enhanced capabilities of GOES-R available earlier, providing benefits such as better life-saving decision support services for tornadoes, wind, flash flooding, tropical cyclones and volcanic ash, as well as improved fire weather remote sensing and lightning detection.
December 17, 2014:  The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training has announced the release of the GOES-R Satellites Orientation Distance Learning Course. This course consists of three self-paced lessons, “GOES-R: Benefits of Next-Generation Environmental Monitoring,” ”GOES-R ABI: Next Generation Satellite Imaging,” and “GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper,” that introduces forecasters, students, researchers and other interested learners to the capabilities, products and applications anticipated with the next-generation GOES-R satellites. The course will also help prepare the learner for future exploration and use of GOES-R products in meteorological analysis and forecasting and in other disciplines that involve environmental monitoring and prediction. The course includes imagery, graphics, photographs, video, audio narration and companion print versions.  English  |  Spanish
December 11, 2014:  The GOES-R Science Seminar on December 1, 2014, featured Mike Pavolonis (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR). Pavolonis’ presentation, “Utilization of GOES-R and JPSS for Quantifying the Horizontal Extent of Hazardous Low Clouds,” explained how the effects of the weather hazard of low cloud ceiling and visibility and the importance to forecasters at the National Weather Service, Aviation Weather Center and Ocean Prediction Center. The presentation also highlighted an approach that fuses satellite, Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) analyses, and other data sets (e.g. digital surface elevation maps, surface emissivity maps, and surface type maps) to determine the probability that Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions are present. Finally, Pavolonis highlighted the positive feedback received from forecasters who have evaluated the Fog and Low Stratus products that have been made available through the Satellite Proving Ground.  Abstract  |  Presentation
November 24, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on November 19, 2014, featured Kim Slack (GOES-R Mission Operations Support Team). Slack’s presentation, “Advanced Baseline Imager Radiometric Calibration Methodology: Pre-Launch Calibration Activities and Flight Hardware,” explained calibration of the ABI instrument and how calibration coefficients are updated to account for instrument changes over time. Presentation
November 17, 2014:  The GRB Simulator Software Release Notes document has been revised to provide APID configuration updates. Field Update 5.
November 14, 2014:  The GOES-R Science Seminar on October 30, 2014, featured Pao K. Wang (Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences University of Wisconsin-Madison). Wang’s presentation, “Visible and IR features at storm top as observed by meteorological satellites,” explained the physics behind several storm top features as observed by meteorological satellites which are useful for forecasters.   Abstract  |  Presentation
November 12, 2014:  Registration and call for poster abstracts are now open for the 2015 NOAA Satellite Conference, “Preparing for the Future of Environmental Satellites.” Exhibitor Booth registration is also open. Don't miss your opportunity to attend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Conference for Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS users, April 27–May 1, 2015, in Greenbelt, Maryland. All attendees (including international participants, vendors and booth personnel) must register for the event. If your plans change and you cannot attend the conference, you may provide a substitute or cancel your reservation. Conference registration will be open until March 20, 2015. Poster Abstracts must be received by January 20, 2015. Exhibition space is limited to the first 25 respondents. Preference will be given to vendors and organizations directly involved in the use and production of satellites and satellite data or ground systems. 2015 NSC Website  |  Conference Registration  |  Poster Abstract Submission  |  Exhibitor Registration
October 31, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on October 29, 2014, featured William Anderson (GOES-R Flight Project). Anderson’s presentation, “GOES-R Series Flight Data System,” explained how data from the GOES-R spacecraft will be managed and the improved reliability the GOES-R on-board and space-to-ground communications will provide to reduce data errors and loss.  Abstract  |  Presentation
October 24, 2014:  The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period July–September 2014 is now available. With the delivery of the full suite of instruments, the successful mating of the spacecraft core and system modules, and the completion of key program reviews, the GOES-R satellite officially entered its integration and testing phase this quarter. On the ground segment, the initial applications of the product generation system for the GOES-R series were installed and integrated. Efforts to prepare the user community for GOES-R data continued with GOES-14 providing forecasters with special one-minute imagery in August.
October 22, 2014:  The Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) instrument that will fly on the GOES-S satellite is now complete. The instrument successfully concluded its Pre-Shipment Review on October 21, 2014, at instrument developer Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, Colorado. The instrument will be placed into storage until it is time to integrate it with the GOES-S satellite.  Feature Story
October 22, 2014:  A new series of fact sheets detailing each of the Advanced Baseline Imager channels is now under development. These ABI Bands Quick Information Guides are designed as quick reference guides to provide National Weather Service forecasters with information on each of the GOES-R series Advanced Baseline Imager’s 16 spectral bands. Each fact sheet will cover what the band measures and how this is operationally relevant. Each sheet will also include links for more information. Currently, a Band 1 (“Blue” visible) fact sheet is available.
October 9, 2014:  The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument that will fly on the GOES-R satellite has completed the development and testing phase and is ready for integration with the spacecraft. GLM has the potential to improve severe storm warning while reducing false alarms, provide early warning of lightning ground strike hazards, and better detection and short range forecasts of heavy rainfall and flash flooding, including weather events that could affect aviation safety. The GOES-R satellite will be the first flight of this sophisticated lightning mapping instrument in geostationary orbit. GLM is the final GOES-R instrument to be delivered.  Web Feature  |  Fact Sheet
October 9, 2014:  The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET) released a new training module,  "GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper.” The first part of the lesson describes the need for real-time lightning information and introduces the capabilities of the GLM, which will fly on the GOES-R series satellites. The second section lets users explore the life cycle of a typical lightning flash, how it is observed by space and ground-based detection systems, and how lightning flashes translate into GLM observations. The final section explores some of the many applications that will benefit from GLM observations including convection and severe weather nowcasting, warning of lightning ground strike hazards, aviation, atmospheric chemistry, quantitative precipitation estimation, tropical cyclones, fire ignitions, numerical weather prediction, and climate and global studies.  
September 25, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on September 24, 2014, featured Mike Pavolonis (NESDIS/STAR). Pavolonis’ presentation, “How GOES-R will help mitigate aviation-related volcanic hazards,” highlighted the hazard of volcanic ash, its economic impacts, and the improvements the GOES-R series satellites will bring to ash cloud forecasts.   Abstract  |  Presentation
September 18, 2014:  On September 6, 2014, the GOES-R Satellite System Module and Core Module were successfully mated at Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver and now form the GOES-R spacecraft. This is an important milestone in the development of the satellite, as it merges together the two primary subassemblies that form the "brain" and the "body" of the satellite. With the core spacecraft now complete, instrument installation will begin.   Web Feature
September 11, 2014:  The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument that will fly on the GOES-S satellite is now complete! The instrument successfully concluded its Pre-Shipment Review on September 10, 2014, at instrument developer Exelis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was shipped to Exelis’ facility in Rochester, New York, where it will remain in storage until it is integrated with GOES-S. This is an important milestone in the continued development of the GOES-R series of satellites.
August 27, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on August 27, 2014, featured Jaime Daniels (NESDIS/STAR). Daniels’ presentation, “Deriving Atmospheric Winds from GOES-R ABI Measurements,” highlighted atmospheric motion, the importance of satellite wind observations, the strength of geostationary satellite imagery, and how the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) will improve wind products.
August 20, 2014:  The August 18, 2014 GOES-R/JPSS Joint Science Seminar featured a presentation by Brian Motta (NWS Training Division/Forecast Decision Training Branch), Wendy Abshire (UCAR/COMET) and Chad Gravelle (CIMSS/NWS Training Division) on polar and geostationary satellite training efforts.  The abstract and presentation from the seminar can be found here.
August 13, 2014:  The GOES-R program participated in the annual Outside Conterminous United States (OCONUS) Satellite Proving Ground Technical Interchange Meeting jointly organized by GOES-R, JPSS, National Weather Service (NWS), and NOAA’s Cooperative Institute partners held July 29-August 1, 2014, at the Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presentations focused on the capability and product demonstrations with NWS forecasters in the Pacific and Alaska Region where meteorological satellite data is of particular utmost importance. The GOES-R algorithm demonstration plans with the Himawari imager, product distribution to direct broadcast users, and current Proving Ground demonstrations were major topics of discussion. Side visits with forecasters/end users were also held at the Honolulu NWS Forecast Office and at the Navy-Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center.  Presentations
image: 2014 OCONUS meeting members
July 30, 2014:  The GOES-R Brown Bag Series Seminar on July 30, 2014 featured Larry Carey (University of Alabama, Huntsville). Carey presented, “Identification and Forecasting of High Impact Weather with Total Lightning: Future Opportunities in the GLM Era.” The presentation is now available for download.
July 30, 2014:  The GOES-R Series Program System Integration Review (SIR) was successfully held July 22–24, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation in Littleton, Colorado. The SIR determines if the flight and ground segments and components are available and ready to be integrated into the overall system. It also reviews whether the facilities, support personnel and integration plans and procedures are ready for integration. The Standing Review Board (SRB) assessed the program on six success criteria. The SRB noted that the instruments have all been delivered and are performing well, the Ground System is planned to be ready to support Integration and Test (I&T), and the available budget is adequate to support I&T and the launch commitment date.
July 25, 2014:  The July 25, 2014 GOES-R Science Seminar featured presentations by Brad Pierce (Near-Real-Time Production of Simulated GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager Data for User Readiness, algorithm validation and ground system testing) and Emily Berndt (Demonstration of AIRS Total Ozone Products to Operations to Enhance User Readiness). Abstracts and presentations from the seminar can be found here.
July 21, 2014:  Save the date! The 2015 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Conference for Direct Readout, GOES/POES, and GOES-R/JPSS Users will be held April 27–May 1, 2015 in Greenbelt, Maryland. The conference offers an extension of the inaugural 2013 conference which merged past Satellite Direct Readout and GOES Users’ Conferences along with POES, Suomi NPP, JPSS customers and users into one event. This gathering will include government, public, private, and academic attendees, along with national and international associates. The NOAA Satellite Conference 2015 (NSC 2015) will bring together users and providers of polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite data, products and applications from the public, private and academic perspectives. Participation is expected from 40 countries and will include members of NOAA, NASA, Department of Defense, Environment Canada, EUMETSAT, and the Hydrometeorological Services of countries in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. This conference will provide a venue and opportunity for greater collaboration between and among environmental satellite users.  Conference Info
July 21, 2014:  The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period April–June 2014 is now available. The GOES-R Series Program marked a number of significant achievements this quarter. The GOES-R spacecraft system module and solar array were delivered. Ground segment development continues to progress, with the majority of the hardware and software that forms the network infrastructure now installed. In June, the program completed its Mission Operations Review, the largest review of the program to date. The GOES-R Proving Ground was part of a successful spring experiment at NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed, sponsoring broadcast meteorologist participation for the first time. GOES-14 provided special Super Rapid Scan Operations one-minute imagery for forecaster assessment of the utility of the types of imagery that will be routinely available from the GOES-R series satellites. Download the newsletter.
July 15, 2014:  The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in March 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and enable forecasters at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center to better predict the consequences of geomagnetic storms. These storms pose a threat to orbiting spacecraft and human spaceflight. In addition, the measurements taken by the Magnetometer will aid in providing alerts and warnings to power companies and satellite operators due to the potential damage a change in magnetic flux can have on electric power grids and satellite systems.  Web Feature
July 8, 2014:  A new document addressing frequently asked questions about the GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) Simulator is now available. FAQs.
July 7, 2014:  The GOES-R Concept of Operations (CONOPS) document has been revised.   + GOES-R CONOPS Ver. 2.7.
July 7, 2014:  It’s said that a picture represents a thousand words. NESDIS speaks satellites and their products. Now we are telling the NOAA Satellites story on Flickr. View current satellite imagery, photos from conferences and events and the Satellite Proving Ground, and all things GOES-R at
June 30, 2014:  The annual GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Science Team Meeting was held June 21, 2014, following the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences Conference on Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE), at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The meeting was held to inform the international community of the program status, calibration and validation plans, and user readiness activities for GLM. More than 60 scientists from 20 countries attended, including NOAA, InPE (Brazil), JMA (Japan), CMA (China), and EUMETSAT (Europe). CMA and EUMETSAT will be hosting lightning mapper instruments on their next-generation geostationary satellites and are interested in collaboration in the GLM on-orbit post launch testing validation activities.  Presentations
June 24, 2014:  The solar array that will provide power to NOAA's GOES-R satellite has finalized development and testing and was shipped to Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver where it will be incorporated on the spacecraft. On May 13, 2014, the GOES-R satellite solar array panels were successful deployed in a Lockheed Martin clean room in Sunnyvale, California. The completed solar array was then delivered to Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. The GOES-R spacecraft uses a photovoltaic solar array to derive electricity from sunlight. Photovoltaics is a method that uses semiconductors to convert solar radiation into direct current electricity. The solar array is comprised of five separate solar panels that are folded up at launch. After the satellite is released by the launch vehicle, the solar panels are deployed into a single solar array wing that rotates once per day on orbit to continuously point the solar array photovoltaic cells towards the sun.  Web Feature
June 19, 2014:  The GOES-R Series Program successfully conducted its Mission Operations Review (MOR) June 16–18. This was the largest review of the program to date and focused specifically on GOES-R’s operational readiness and progress toward launch. An integrated independent review team assessed the program’s concept of operations, project management, operations and sustainment plans, safety and mission assurance, system design, technical management, training and product validation along with other aspects of the program. The GOES-R Series Program will next undergo a System Integration Review (SIR) in July which determines if the flight and ground segments and components are available and ready to be integrated into the overall system. It will also review whether the facilities, support personnel and integration plans and procedures are ready for integration.
June 17, 2014:  Progress continues on the GOES-R satellite series ground system, with the first phase of installation and testing of the ground segment infrastructure complete. Harris Corporation, the ground segment contractor, has installed and integrated a majority of the hardware and software that forms the network infrastructure for the GOES-R ground segment. Harris also delivered the Release Mission Management software, which represents a significant incremental increase in capability needed for satellite and operational readiness. The software significantly improves ground system capabilities including enhanced, real-time command and control of satellites; complete mission planning and scheduling; and a telemetry archive system.   Harris Press Release
The May 30, 2014 GOES-R Science Seminar featured presentations by Heather Grams (Calibration of GOES-R ABI cloud products and TRMM/GPM observations to ground-based radar rainfall estimates for the MRMS system – Status and future plans) and Ralph Ferraro (GOES-R era Precipitation Products – Plans, Potential Enhancements and the Future NESDIS Enterprise Precipitation Vision). Abstracts and presentations of the seminar can be found here.
The 2014 NOAA Satellite Proving Ground/User Readiness Meeting was held June 2–6 at the National Weather Service (NWS) Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The overarching goal of the meeting was to determine the path for operational forecasters to achieve GOES-R/JPSS user readiness. User readiness will be achieved when operational NWS meteorologists have the skills, competencies and ability to use GOES-R/JPSS data in the forecast process once the data are available.  Agenda  |  Presentations  |  Final Report
2014 NOAA Satellite Proving Ground/User Readiness Meeting
Why is forecasting space weather important? Space weather can cause geomagnetic storms which may disrupt power utilities, communication and navigation systems and cause radiation damage to spacecraft, orbiting satellites and the International Space Station. “Living with Space Weather,” a new video from NASA Goddard Multimedia, explains how the GOES-R series satellites will advance space weather observations and warnings.   Video
Two of the six instruments that will fly on the GOES-R satellite have completed integration with the spacecraft. SUVI and EXIS were installed on the sun-pointing platform of the GOES-R spacecraft in April. They will observe the sun and space weather, including coronal mass ejections, solar flares and ion fluxes that can disrupt power grids, communication and navigation systems and create radiation hazards. Installation of the SUVI and EXIS instruments moves the program another step closer to the launch of the GOES-R satellite in March 2016.   Web Feature  | Photo
Media Coverage
The GOES-R Series Program and System Program Director Greg Mandt are featured in the July 2013 edition of SatMagazine!  More.
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
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