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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
December 21, 2015: The GOES-S satellite system module and core module were successfully mated at Lockheed Martin’s facility near Denver and now form the GOES-S 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.
December 21, 2015: A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 12 (ozone) will provide information day and night about the dynamics of the atmosphere near the troposphere with high spatial and temporal resolution. A high temporal and spatial ozone product derived from the 9.6 μm band may give some indications to clear-air turbulence in certain situations associated with tropopause folding.
December 9, 2015: Satellite science is fun for kids too! Two new animations tell the story of GOES-R. From weather and hazards on Earth to search and rescue and bursts of energy from the sun, the GOES-R satellite will see it all from 22,000 miles above our planet. Learn about all the new things GOES-R will do and follow the satellite's travels from construction to orbit.  I’m GOES-R video    Getting GOES-R to Orbit video

December 9, 2015: The GOES-R satellite now be launched in October 2016. Earlier this year, NOAA, NASA and Lockheed Martin (the primary spacecraft developer) conducted an extensive review and decided moving the launch date from March 2016 to October 2016 would best mitigate possible schedule risks. The October 2016 date was determined by a number of factors, including launch site and booster availability. Engineering teams working on the spacecraft and ground segment for the GOES-R satellite are making continued progress towards launch. Feature Story

December 8, 2015: As a result of extensive testing from the GOES-R team, it has been determined that GRB packets are being dropped intermittently via UDP multicast due to the large size of the packets. Current maximum size of GRB packets is approximately 16.3 KB. It is recommended that the maximum size be reduced to 1.5 KB in order to correct this issue. The impact requires a software change and a future update to the GRB simulator baseline. Therefore, any previous or current borrower of the GRB simulator may need to adjust their GRB receiving software to handle the processing of smaller packet sizes. We anticipate the software change to be implemented in the GRB simulator baseline sometime in January 2016 with the opportunity for previous borrowers to make a request to re-borrow a GRB simulator beginning in February 2016. The borrowing period will be limited to a couple of weeks per borrower and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Borrowers will have to submit their requests to the same Fed Biz Ops web site that they initially used to borrow a GRB simulator: Once you are at the Fed Biz Ops web site, you will need to navigate to the ‘Complete View’ section on the left-hand side of the page and click on the ‘Changed’ link dated Sep 01, 2015. We will provide more details about the software change once the baseline is implemented on the GRB simulator in the mid-January 2016 time frame. If you have any questions about this, you can contact Matt Seybold at or Kathryn Miretzky at
December 3, 2015: The GOES-S System Integration Review (SIR) was successfully completed December 2–3 at Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colorado. The SIR determined that the flight and ground segment components are available and ready for integration with the overall GOES system. The SIR also reviewed the readiness of the facilities, support personnel, plans and procedures for integration of the GOES-S satellite.
November 5, 2015: The GOES-R Flight Operations Review (FOR) was held November 2–5, 2015 at the at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland. The FOR was a milestone review in which the program presented its mission operations activities to an independent review team to demonstrate that compliance with all requirements have been verified and are able to execute all phases and modes of mission operations, data processing, and analysis. All criteria were rated "green" by the review board, reflecting the hard work the GOES-R team has put in to get this nationally important system ready for operations.
October 29, 2015: Space weather affects us here on Earth. The GOES-R series of satellites will host a suite of instruments that provide significantly improved detection of approaching space weather hazards. A new GOES-R Space Weather Instruments fact sheet explains what space weather is and how observations from the GOES-R series satellites will enable NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center to improve space weather forecasts and provide early warning of potentially disruptive events on the ground.
October 22, 2015: The GOES-R Quarterly Newsletter for the time period July–September 2015 is now available. Developing and launching satellite programs is complex and it comes with inherent challenges. This summer, NOAA, NASA and our partners at Lockheed Martin identified schedule risks that have impacted the launch readiness date for GOES-R. After extensive review, NOAA has decided it can best avoid these risks to the mission by releasing the March 2016 launch date. The program is now planning for an October 2016 GOES-R launch. The GOES-R program remains committed to working with its partners to ensure GOES-R is ready for launch while still moving forward with development of GOES-S, T, and U.

October 16, 2015: 40 years ago today, on October 16, 1975, NOAA’s first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Known as GOES-A when it launched, the satellite was designated GOES-1 once operational. The following generations of GOES satellites and their instruments continued to improve, experiencing significant enhancements, and have now provided continuous and accurate imagery and data on atmospheric conditions, solar activity, and Earth’s weather systems for 40 years. With the next generation of weather observing satellites on the horizon, the GOES-R series, NOAA is poised to once again significantly improve weather forecasting and severe weather prediction. Feature Story

October 01, 2015: A new ABI Band Quick Information Guide is now available. ABI Band 11 (cloud-top phase) is used in combination with the 11.2 and 12.3 μm bands to derive cloud phase and type products. This band is similar to the “traditional” IR longwave window band, although the 8.4 μm band assists in determining the microphysical properties of clouds. Using this band produces a more accurate and consistent delineation of ice clouds from water clouds during both day and night. The same three spectral bands enable detection of volcanic dust clouds containing aerosols and sulfur dioxide. Other uses of the 8.4 μm band include thin cirrus detection in conjunction with the 11.2 μm band, better atmospheric moisture correction in relatively dry atmospheres in conjunction with the 11.2 μm band, and estimation of surface properties in conjunction with the 10.3 μm band.
September 28, 2015: The 2015 EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) Meteorological Satellite Conference was held September 21‒25 in Toulouse, France. This forum brings together meteorologists, scientists and researchers from around the world to share their experience and knowledge during plenary, poster and workshop sessions. The conference focused on advances in nowcasting and short-range numerical weather prediction and preparation for new geostationary satellites. Greg Mandt, GOES-R System Program Director, represented NESDIS at the conference and provided updates on NOAA current and planned activities and the GOES-R Series Program. Other GOES-R presentations highlighted the ABI and GLM instruments, GOES-R ground system, education, training, and proving ground. Several posters outlined GOES-R capabilities and products. Conference Info
September 22, 2015: In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first GOES launch on Oct 16, 1975, our colleagues at CIMSS are hosting a GOES 40th Anniversary Animation contest. Rules and submission form can be found at Submission deadline is October 12, 2015. Winners will be announced and posted on October 16.
September 16, 2015: The GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Annual Science Meeting was held at the National Space Science and Technology Center on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville on September 9-11. The meeting hosted a Calibration/Validation Tools Developers Forum where the GLM Algorithm Working Group (AWG) and Calibration Working Group (CWG) Post-Launch Test teams shared their tools and test cases developed over the past few years to help the teams build capacity, competency, and proficiency in using team/community tools that will allow for the assessment of GLM on orbit performance. The approximately 30 participants included the GLM Cal/Val teams and their students who will have a direct hands-on role in the analyses, GOES-R program scientists and managers, university partners, and EUMETSAT Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) program mission scientists who plan to collaborate in the GOES-R post launch tests. Topics included program and instrument overviews, post-launch test plans, post-launch test field campaign, and an introduction to the GLM data portal. Agenda | Presentations
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