GOES-R News 2016



September 28, 2016:NOAA will host a media briefing on October 4, 2016 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., to highlight the upcoming launch and mission of GOES-R. Some of the nation’s top satellite and weather experts will be on hand. Additional information
September 23, 2016:Have you always wanted your own GOES-R satellite? Now you can build a GOES-R model using LEGOs! See the instructions and the GOES-R Lego parts list and get started!


August 25, 2016:Meteorologist Al Roker from NBC’s Today Show got an exclusive first look at GOES-R in a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, after it was delivered from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, to prepare for a November 4, 2016 launch from Kennedy Space Center. On August 25, 2016, the Today Show aired a special segment on GOES-R along with an interview with Dr. Stephen Volz, NOAA Satellite and Information Service Assistant Administrator. Video
August 25, 2016:Media Accreditation for the launch of GOES-R is now open. Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at Cape Canaveral and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, adjacent to Cape Canaveral. Additional information, deadlines, and link to submit accreditation requests can be found here.
August 23, 2016: GOES-R reached a major milestone on August 22, 2016 when it arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport. Shipping a satellite is no small feat. GOES-R is over 18 feet wide and weighs over 6,000 pounds! After its arrival, the GOES-R spacecraft was removed from its shipping container and is now undergoing additional testing and preparation for encapsulation on top of the rocket that will take it to its geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth. GOES-R is scheduled to launch Nov. 4 at 5:40 p.m. EDT aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Feature Story | Photos


July 29, 2016:The GOES-R Proving Ground Science Seminar on July 29, 2016 featured Chad Gravelle and Kim Runk of the National Weather Service (NWS) Operations Proving Ground (OPG). Gravelle provided an overview of the March-April 2016 evaluation to assess the operational impact of multiple spectral bands for the GOES-R Series era. He also presented a detailed analysis of the forecaster feedback with recommendations on incorporating multiple spectral bands and Red-Green-blue (RGB) composites. Gravelle and Runk also answered questions about the evaluation and addressed comments regarding the path forward. Abstract | Presentation
July 25, 2016: The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period April-June 2016 is now available. We are less than four months from the launch of GOES-R! The GOES-R satellite has completed all integration and testing activities and is scheduled to ship to Kennedy Space Center in August. The GOES-R team is also busy preparing for a series of reviews leading up to launch and planning launch week events. GOES-S is now complete with all instruments installed on the spacecraft and preparing for environmental testing in the fall. A new era of geostationary environmental satellites is almost upon us!
July 21, 2016:NOAA scientists joined the Reddit community to discuss GOES-R: Changing the Future of Hurricane Forecasting. Dr. Steve Goodman, GOES-R's senior scientist, and Andrea Schumacher, CIRA research associate and GOES-R satellite liaison to the National Hurricane Center, answered a wide range of questions about NOAA's state-of-the-art satellite, hurricanes, and the future of hurricane forecasting. Read the full conversations here!
July 1, 2016: The 2016 GOES-R/JPSS OCONUS (Outside the Contiguous United States) Satellite Proving Ground technical meeting was held June 27‒30 at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. The meeting assessed the GOES-R and JPSS science portfolios and NOAA’s operational objectives for the satellites, identifying priorities as they pertain to Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean. Presentations


June 17, 2016:The GOES-R Series Program is providing a special opportunity for broadcast meteorologists to attend a workshop at Kennedy Space Center in Florida November 1-4, 2016 and cover the launch of the GOES-R satellite LIVE. The GOES-R Workshop for Broadcast Meteorologists will provide a unique opportunity to bring together broadcast meteorologists from around the nation to engage with professionals from NOAA and NASA on the launch of the revolutionary GOES-R satellite. A limited number of broadcast meteorologists will have their expenses covered. The deadline to register is July 15, 2016. Learn more and register to attend at http://stormcenter.com/goesr/.
June 17, 2016:The GOES-R Preview for Broadcasters short course was held June 14, 2016, preceding the 44th American Meteorological Society Conference on Broadcast Meteorology in Austin, Texas. The course provided broadcast meteorologists with information on GOES-R and its capabilities, how they can improve services to the viewing public, where to find additional information on GOES-R, and what equipment upgrades are needed to handle the new data and products. The course included a mix of presentations and hands-on exercises on the Advanced Baseline Imager, Geostationary Lightning Mapper, GOES-R derived products, broadcaster participation in the GOES-R Proving Ground, and vendor services to broadcasters in the GOES-R era. Twenty broadcast meteorologists from around the United States participated. Course Materials
June 15, 2016:GOES-R and International Partnerships. To prepare other countries for the new data forecasting capabilities the satellite will bring, members of the GOES-R team have visited meteorological and academic institutions in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa to keep forecasters and researchers informed and to ensure they will be able to access GOES-R data. Working with other nations adheres to NOAA’s principle of open data sharing, allowing other countries to benefit from sophisticated GOES-R satellite data that will help save lives and protect communities through more accurate forecasts. Feature story.


May 25, 2016:GOES-R is the future of NOAA’s geostationary weather satellites. With the next generation of weather-observing satellites on the horizon, NOAA is poised to significantly improve weather forecasting and severe weather prediction. GOES-R will provide superior imaging of the western hemisphere with better resolution and increased speed for more accurate forecasts, real-time mapping of lightning activity and improved monitoring of solar activity. Learn more about the capabilities GOES-R will bring to severe storm, tornado, hurricane, fog and space weather forecasting in this Feature story.
May 18, 2016:The 2016 NOAA Satellite Proving Ground/User Readiness Meeting was held May 9-13, 2016 at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma.  The meeting focused on accomplishments to date, current efforts underway, and future actions with respect to infrastructure and training, to ensure the National Weather Service is ready for the receipt and operational use of GOES-R and JPSS-1 data.  Program updates, satellite operations, data dissemination and applications, training and Proving Ground demonstrations were highlighted. Presentations
May 12, 2016:The GOES-R team has begun a series of important rehearsals to simulate specific phases of the GOES-R mission, from launch to post-launch events and receiving data from the satellite once it’s in orbit. Mission rehearsals use a satellite simulator and the new GOES-R ground system to train operations personnel and test the readiness of operational products and the ground system. Feature Story


April 29, 2016:A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 16 (“CO2” longwave infrared) is used for mean tropospheric air temperature estimation, tropopause delineation, and as part of quantitative cloud products for cloud opacity estimation, cloud-top height assignments of cloud-drift motion vectors, and supplementing Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) observations. This band is also useful when generating Red-Green-Blue (RGB) composite imagery, to highlight the high, cold, and likely icy clouds.
April 18, 2016:The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period January–March 2016 is now available. There’s a real sense of excitement building across the GOES-R Series Program as we march closer to launch. GOES-R is currently scheduled to lift off on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The team is already working on launch preparations and the satellite is undergoing final testing to prepare it for shipment in August. Editor’s note, June 7, 2016: GOES-R will now launch on November 4, 2016 at 5:40 p.m. EDT.
April 13, 2016:The GOES-R satellite is set to launch six months from today, on October 13, 2016. GOES-R, or GOES-16 as it will be known once it reaches geostationary orbit, will launch on board an Atlas V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Feature Story Editor’s note, June 7, 2016: GOES-R will now launch on November 4, 2016 at 5:40 p.m. EDT
April 7, 2016:The GOES-R Proving Ground Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report is now available. The annual report describes the major proving ground activities where the operational value of the GOES-R products and capabilities is evaluated through the use of proxy data and user feedback is collected to identify algorithm/product/service improvements. Report
April 6, 2016:A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 15 (“dirty” longwave infrared) offers nearly continuous monitoring for numerous applications, though usually through a split window difference with a cleaner window channel. These differences can better estimate low-level moisture, volcanic ash, airborne dust/sand, sea surface temperature, and cloud particle size.


March 28, 2016:The GOES-R Proving Ground Science Seminar on March 25, 2016 featured Francis Padula, GOES-R Field Campaign Program Manager. Padula outlined GOES-R field campaign validation plans, planned activities in support of post-launch L1b & L2+ product validation of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). An integrated approach is planned that includes both high-altitude manned and near-surface unmanned systems coordinated with ground-based observations over several Earth targets. The campaign is scheduled to be conducted in April–June 2017. The seminar provided an overview of the GOES-R field campaign plans and the methods developed to address several validation challenges of geostationary field campaign efforts. The introduction of advanced post-launch validation capabilities will support the needs of next-generation system performance characterization and will push the current state-of-the-art of operational environmental satellite validation. Abstract | Presentation
  March 12, 2016:The GOES-R Education Proving Ground held the second webinar in their series for educators of students in grades 6-12 on March 12, 2016. These webinars are intended to ensure that the education community is ready for the new satellite imagery and improved products that will be available in the GOES-R era. The March 12 seminar highlighted lesson plans for teachers by teachers. Video presentation


February 26, 2016:The GOES-R Proving Ground Science Seminar on February 26, 2016 featured Dr. Tyler A. Erickson, Senior Development Advocate at Google. Erickson presented an overview of Earth Engine, Google’s cloud platform for petabyte-scale analysis of satellite imagery and other geospatial data. Originally conceived in 2009 as a platform for global forest monitoring, today scientists, governments, and NGOs around the world are using Earth Engine in areas ranging from food and water security to disaster risk management, public health, biodiversity, and climate change adaptation. His talk described the trends and technologies that informed Google’s development of the Earth Engine platform over the past six years, as well as its experiences helping partners apply the platform to global challenges. Abstract | Presentation
February 22, 2016:A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 13 (“clean” longwave infrared) is less sensitive than other infrared window channels to water vapor and, hence, improves atmospheric moisture corrections, cloud particle size estimation, and surface property characterization in derived products. Typically, this band is slightly warmer than the traditional longwave window due to less moisture absorption in the lower troposphere.
February 20, 2016:The GOES-R Education Proving Ground introduced a new webinar series for educators of students in grades 6-12. This four-part webinar series is intended to ensure that the education community is ready for the new satellite imagery and improved products that will be available in the GOES-R era. The first webinar, held on February 20, focused on general information about weather satellites and an overview of the GOES-R Series Program. Video presentation
February 11, 2016: A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 14 (longwave infrared) enables operational meteorologists to diagnose discrete clouds and organized features for general weather forecasting, analysis, and broadcasting applications. Observations from this infrared window channel can characterize atmospheric processes associated with extratropical cyclones and also in single thunderstorms and convective complexes.
February 4, 2016: The 96th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was held January 11-14, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AMS Meeting hosted the 12th Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems which highlighted many of the development activities, program science, and user-readiness preparations underway in the GOES-R Series Program. Check out this Feature story for highlights of the conference. See additional photos in this Flickr gallery.
February 3, 2016: The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period October–December 2015 is now available. In the final quarter of 2015, the program completed the flight operations review for GOES-R, confirming that the system is ready for operations and data processing after the satellite is launched. The satellite continued on its path toward launch by entering into mechanical testing. We also have successfully simulated GOES-R data flow to the National Weather Service, preparing users for day-one readiness. The GOES-S satellite is also coming together, with all instruments delivered and integration underway. 2016 will surely be an exciting year as we prepare to launch the GOES-R satellite in October!


January 8, 2016: As NOAA's GOES-R satellite goes through mechanical testing in preparation for launch in October 2016, the remaining satellites in the series (GOES-S, T, and U) are also making significant progress. All GOES-S instruments have been delivered for integration and the satellite system module and propulsion module have been mated to form the core spacecraft. Development of the GOES-T and GOES-U satellites is also underway. Feature Story
January 7, 2016: The GOES-R Series Program would like to extend an offer to broadcast meteorologist to participate in GOES-R Proving Ground demonstrations at NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed 2016 Spring Experiment. The experiment will take place at the National Weather Center in Norman Oklahoma, April 18–May 13, 2016. The selected broadcast meteorologists will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with researchers, developers, trainers, and users in an experimental, real-time forecast environment to test state-of-the-art satellite-based algorithms. The GOES-R Program will cover travel expenses to allow participation in the experiment for five days. Applications must be submitted no later than February 21, 2016. Application Information | Application Form